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

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

Animal Chiropractic

Animal Chiropractic

Ensuring critters benefit from chiropractic care, too:

Maria McElwee, D.C.

by Beverly Knight

Animal ChiropracticMaria McElwee

Maria McElwee, D.C., ’14, has always had a love and passion for two things: chiropractic and animals. Her dream-come-true is that after graduating from Sherman she has been able to successfully marry those two passions in her career.

McElwee grew up in Conyngham, PA. Her mother, Joanne Gallagher, D.C., ’82, and her uncle, John Degenhart, D.C., ’80, ensured that she grew up “with the chiropractic lifestyle.” In fact, one of her earliest memories as a child is that she would pretend to “adjust” family members. And she would always dress as a chiropractor on career days in grade school. “I loved everything about it,” she says.

But it was the love of animals that permeated her young life. “I think that was instilled by my parents, especially my dad,” she says. “They taught my siblings and me to always be compassionate and caring. Life was to be respected.” She was the kid who, while walking to the school bus in the morning would pick up all the earthworms off the road after it had rained so they wouldn’t be run over by cars. And she clearly remembers almost getting her thumb broken protecting a spider that someone was trying to smash with a dictionary.

Her father, a carpenter, would bring home animals that had been uprooted or injured on the job site and she would nurse them back to health and take care of them until they could survive on their own. “My parents would always tell me that I had a bond with animals that they had never seen before, and I didn’t think anything of it.” She had barn cats and one of her pet chickens would even hike with her, she says, adding, “I never had normal pets, but I always had an understanding with animals.”

McElwee completed her undergraduate studies at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Because she knew she wanted to go to chiropractic school, she chose a degree program that would include the prerequisites through the core classes or electives, graduating with a B.S. in exercise science. And, best of all, attending Bloomsburg meant that she could continue doing 4-H and drill team with her horse.

Her family connection to Sherman was a factor in choosing the school for her chiropractic education. She had grown up attending Lyceum with her family and had great memories of the time spent at Sherman when she was younger. Those memories, coupled with Sherman’s dedication to personal attention, led her to the decision to attend, a decision she never regretted. “They always gave you the one-on-one attention when you needed it and made you feel like family,” McElwee says of the instructors who were always available and helped her successfully complete her degree program.

Selling her horse, the animal she calls the love of her life was the hardest thing she had to do as she was preparing to enroll at Sherman, even though she knew she would still be able to see him on occasion. “Animals were always a big part of my life,” McElwee says, explaining that giving up her horse broke her heart. “During chiropractic school, it was hard with all the strays that were around. I was always helping with the animals when I could,” she remembers. “My friends would pick at me because I acquired quite the ‘furbaby’ family by the end of school. We are one happy family and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she says of the animals that have always been her love and her passion.

“I had an interest in working with animals through chiropractic, even though at Sherman, I focused on people,” McElwee explains. As graduation approached, she decided to look into animal chiropractic as an option and saw that it would be possible to make her dream a reality. Following that dream, McElwee enrolled at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, KS, after graduating from Sherman in fall 2014. She completed her coursework there, becoming internationally certified in animal chiropractic. She is quick to point out, though, that she maintains her “human” license while living her dream of working with animals.

That understanding she developed with animals as a child serves her well in her professional life. Critter Chiropractic, her mobile animal chiropractic practice, located in Sugarloaf, PA, close to her family home, allows her to go to horse barns to keep people from having to trailer their animals. “People appreciate me coming to the house when their cat or dog needs care or is nervous to travel,” she says of the successful practice that she has grown in the area. “I see myself down the road having a farm where people can bring their animals to receive chiropractic care and other beneficial care by holistic practitioners,” she says of her dreams for the future. “But I will always offer mobile services for the care of animals that need it.”

When she started her work with animals, she discovered that they benefit from chiropractic care in the same ways that people do. “They are exposed to physical, chemical and emotional stressors of daily living, and that has an effect on their nervous systems,” she explains, adding that caring for animals is made difficult by the fact that they are so good at hiding pain and compensating for it, something they do instinctively. “They are silent sufferers and amaze me every day with what they endure. It is the best feeling in the world when I am able to give their body what it needs to start the healing process.” The reward for her is seeing animals relax and “get the joy and brightness in their eyes again.” It continually amazes her that the animals relax and trust her to work on them.

Though all of her patients touch her heart, she remembers some of whom chiropractic care was life-changing. One, a little corgi in a cart supporting his hind side was one of her first patients. Everyone had given up hope on him except his owner, who thought that chiropractic could help him. In the beginning, he couldn’t walk or support himself in the hind end. After the first appointment, he started to support himself and stand. After the second one, he started to walk and improvement continued. “To see him trotting around would bring tears to my eyes. He amazed me with the healing within his body. Every day is wonderful when I see changes like this, big or small,” McElwee says of the rewards she reaps in her professional life.

Her advice to other students about to embark on their professional lives is to follow their dreams and passions, no matter where they lead. And, she says, “Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do it. Anything is possible when you put all of your heart and soul into it. That will always shine through. The most important thing, though, is to believe in yourself, because that is all that matters in the end.”

*Previously published in Sherman Magazine Fall 2016

Sherman College Strives to Offer Excellence

Sherman College Strives to Offer Excellence

We are Different

Board of TrusteesPeter Kevorkian, D.C.
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Iremember my first day in chiropractic college. Excited to be starting a journey into a profession I knew little about, I sat in a room with more than 150 other students as the college went through the process of collating us into the academic system.


Staff members from admissions, the registrar, financial aid and others came to explain the logistics and protocols of the college. With that, student representatives from the major clubs also gave short presentations attempting to entice us to participate in their groups. Most memorable on that day, for me, was the presentation of the philosophy and communications club.

This 15-minute patient education lecture changed my life. The person presented an old chart lecture developed by Reggie Gold, “Attitudes that Keep You from Becoming Healthy.” I had never heard the chiropractic story as a whole package. After that talk, I made a commitment to myself to learn how to do that talk. I spent the next number of months developing the words, getting over my fears, and dealing with my introverted nature to learn how to do a patient lecture.

I came to believe that if people could know what I know, they would do what I do. I knew that children should be checked and adjusted from birth, that chiropractic is about creating well-being and not treating disease, that the intelligence of the life is infinite and the educated mind is finite, and most importantly that the body is always better off with good nerve supply than bad nerve supply. Although I got quite good at talking TIC and answering questions in an effective and congruent manner, I knew that the true test of my competency would be when I was in my own practice.

Although there are many pieces to creating and sustaining a successful chiropractic practice, I firmly believe the cornerstone of a subluxation-centered, family practice focused on building well-being is effective patient education. Our articulation must be congruent with our practice objectives and philosophical tenets. I also know that the educational process needs to happen without judgment and at an appropriate gradient.

When a person enters our practice, they often do so because they want relief or resolve some problem or disorder of the body. As chiropractors, we attempt to move the person from a mindset of “get rid of my problem or medical condition” to “help me have a healthier, better functioning spine.” We strive to have the person move from thinking, “I trust the doctor and the treatment he/she gives me,” to “I trust that my body knows how to do everything perfectly right.”

Education of our unique service is more than a conceptual one. The chiropractor needs to make real the spine and the benefit of a healthy spine. As the patient understands a subluxation, they take a huge step in embracing the uniqueness of our service.

Caution must be taken, though, to not create the “subluxation condition.” Patients may come to us for low back pain or headaches or bedwetting and we replace the medical condition with the subluxation. A subluxation should be corrected because a subluxation in a person’s spine keeps them from fully expressing their potential. A subluxation is not a pathology that needs to be treated; rather, it is a state of the body that is less than ideal, and chiropractors can provide a specific force to the body to allow its correction. Every technique has a different model of the spine as they determine the best manner to direct the chiropractor to place a force on the spine. This is the unique service of chiropractors.

The issue is whether we focus on a healthy spine or ridding the body of subluxation. The real goal that chiropractors share is to have a healthy spine and nerve system. The strategy we use to get there is the correction of spinal subluxations.

The concept of focusing on creating health versus treating disorders is not unique to chiropractors. The concept of Salutogenesis had its origins more than 30 years ago within the field of psychology. This term describes an approach focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease (pathogenesis). Although very aligned to our philosophy of “improving health” rather than “treating conditions,” it is not a replacement of our philosophy and/or practice objectives.

Vitalism is recognition that the whole is larger than the sum of its parts. It has its origins in the later part of the 1800s and honors aspects of mechanism and spiritualism. Vitalism is a framework within which our philosophy fits but it is not what chiropractic is. Our objective to correct vertebral subluxations is the specific strategy we have to contribute to the well-being of our patients; the goal of building well-being is a larger frame.

People are always better off without subluxations than with subluxations. This is the central focus of how we serve our patients. The concepts of Salutogenesis, Vitalis, and even health are important ones, and all are aligned with our philosophy. But none of these define the practice of chiropractic.

Chiropractic is the location and correction of vertebral subluxations. That service is non-duplicative and is what makes us unique. Sherman College strives to offer excellence in that art form and graduate competent, compassionate, highly skilled chiropractors to offer that service to humanity. I am proud to play a part in it.

Originally published in Sherman Magazine Spring 2017, page 3

SC Representative Donna C. Hicks Visits Sherman College of Chiropractic


From left, Sherman College Dean of Clinic Operations and Outreach Dr. Dwayne Hoskins; Executive Vice President Dr. Neil Cohen; Representative Donna Hicks; Sherman College President Dr. Edwin Cordero; Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Dr. Bob Irwin; and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph J. Donofrio, D.C.

South Carolina House of Representatives member Donna C. Hicks visited Sherman College of Chiropractic earlier this week to learn more about the chiropractic college’s substantial community and economic impact in her district. Hicks, a chiropractic patient herself, met with Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C., and several members of the administrative team.

President Cordero said Representative Hicks and Sherman College share common strategic goals: the health of the community and the economic success of Spartanburg County. “We are both dedicated to the health and well-being of our state on a physical level as well as political and fiscal levels,” Dr. Cordero said.

Sherman College’s enrollment has grown nearly 75 percent over the past three years. This growth brings more students, staff, and faculty to the area, as well as graduates who choose to stay and practice here.

“As Sherman College continues to grow and expand, our contributions to Spartanburg and South Carolina will increase significantly,” Cordero explained. “We look forward to connecting with Representative Hicks to find ways that we can partner for the benefit of our citizens.”

Sherman College contributes to the local economy:
• Nearly 90 percent of Sherman College students are from out of state.
• All students rent apartments or purchase homes; the college does not offer campus housing because it feels it is vital for students to be involved in the community.
• Nearly 1,000 people attend Sherman College continuing education events each year, increasing revenue for local hotels, restaurants, and businesses.
• More than 300 prospective students and family members from across the country and around the world visit Sherman College each year, each staying in town for up to three nights.

The college also contributes to the local community via health services:
• The on-campus Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center provides chiropractic care to local citizens, serving more than 30,000 patient visits each year; all care is rendered under the supervision of licensed doctors of chiropractic.
• The Chiropractic Health Center takes a natural, preventative approach to health care, without the invasive use of drugs or surgery, helping patients enjoy a greater potential for health and optimal human performance.
• Fifteen percent of care offered at the Chiropractic Health Center is offered at no cost to patients in need in the community; all other care is offered at a very economical cost.
• The college partners with several local agencies to provide care, including Access Health, Spartanburg Methodist College, and others.
• Sherman students and faculty participate in more than 100 community events each year, including spinal screenings, health talks, health fairs, blood drives, food drives, school supply collections and much more.