Veterans Receive Complimentary Visits November 12 at Sherman’s Chiropractic Health Center

S-142_handsOn Tuesday,
November 12, in celebration of Veteran’s Day, the Sherman College Chiropractic
Health Center will offer complimentary visits to veterans of the U.S. Air
Force, Army, Marines, Navy and National Guard.

“We see this
event as an opportunity to serve and honor those who have given so much to our
country,” says Dean of Clinics Adam Morrell, D.C., CCSP.  “I think it’s especially fitting for us at
Sherman College, since service to others is a major component of our mission.”

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

Trunk or Treat

Halloween is a great time of year. The leaves are changing. Fall festivals and activities are beginning. Some people are already planning Christmas decorations. At Sherman College, we celebrate with our local community by having an event called Trunk or Treat. The event occurs at the Sherman Health Center in the adjacent parking lot. This event features Sherman staff and students who volunteer to decorate the trunk of their car and give out candy and/or other treats.


Many students I talked to said the event was much busier this year as compared to years prior. Some volunteers had to make a run for refills of candy.



There were also some great costumes. I think this increased traffic supports one of the goals that Sherman be well recognized in its local community. I was very excited to be an observer of the action and hope to be more involved next year.

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Boards Studying

It is amazing how one thought can ruin your feelings about the productivity for an entire weekend. I had cleaned the apartment. I had
studied for my upcoming midterms. I had completed my tutoring for the week. I
even got to enjoy an episode of Duck Dynasty. I was feeling accomplished. I
thought maybe I should just go to bed to get an even better fresh start for the
following week.

Then, I thought, ‘I didn’t look at any board review material
in the past week and a half.’

I am slated for Part I of the NBCE boards in March and most
quarters above 5th are in the process of looking over past material
relevant to the tests that determine one’s ability to obtain a chiropractic license. It will
be a daunting task to be competing with all the other chiropractic students
across the country to pass this onslaught of tests.

For the potential and lower quarter students reading this:
The Part I board consists of six parts/tests taken on a Saturday afternoon and
Sunday morning on Sherman’s campus. I believe each of the six test has 110
questions covering topics such as biochemistry, spinal anatomy, pathology, physiology, etc. During the testing time there may not be any personal belongings in
the examination area. Pencils and the test material are provided. Bathroom
breaks are not allowed. It is an intense weekend. Hopefully all goes well and I
can pass all parts on the first go at it.  



Halloween at Sherman

I have always liked Halloween. Probably because my mom always dressed up when I was a kid.

There have been several great customs on campus today. Including the Duck Dynasty clan. Miss United States dressed as Minnie Mouse. Army personal. Where’s Waldo. Domo. And many others!!! Here are a few pics.


Halloween at Sherman

Halloween at Sherman

Halloween at Sherman

Halloween at Sherman

Halloween at Sherman

Spartanburg Methodist, Sherman College Sign Transfer Agreement

Methodist College (SMC) and Sherman
College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, recently updated a transfer
agreement to simplify student admission into the doctor of chiropractic program
at Sherman College.

 Under the agreement, students can to take
their prerequisite 90 semester hours at Spartanburg Methodist, and then
transfer into Sherman College’s doctor of
chiropractic degree program after three years. The agreement details can
be viewed at

“This is a highly attractive
option for Spartanburg Methodist College students looking for a cost-effective
and timely path to enrollment at Sherman College and to their futures as
doctors of chiropractic,” says Sherman Vice President for Enrollment Services
Kelley Jones Ashcraft, who worked closely with SMC to develop the program. “It
makes perfect sense for SMC and Sherman to align our programs to provide more
opportunities for our College Town students.” Chiropractic, Ashcraft says, is
an in-demand health care career that allows graduates to bring natural wellness
care to their communities while making a difference in the lives of others.

“SMC enrolls many students each year who indicate an
interest in various careers in the health sciences, including chiropractic,” says
Dr. Colleen Keith, President of Spartanburg Methodist College. “Having an
agreement like this one in place with Sherman College makes it so that students
can clearly see how they can reach their career goal in a timely fashion and go
on to a career that plays a significant role in health promotion, as well as
injury and disease prevention. This agreement provides a significant
opportunity for our students.”

Under the agreement, Sherman
College guarantees admission to students from SMC who meet the following

  • Students must have successfully completed the
    courses required in the Associate in Science pre-chiropractic curriculum.
  • Students must have met the minimum grade
    requirement of “C” in all required courses.
  • Students must have earned a cumulative grade
    point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in the 90 semester hour requirement for
    admission to Sherman College. 
  • Students may be granted tentative acceptance
    upon completion of a minimum of 45 semester hours of credit with full approval
    granted upon receipt of the final transcript.

Sherman College continually works to
establish articulation agreements and pre-chiropractic programs with
undergraduate institutions across the nation to facilitate admission to its
doctor of chiropractic program. For more information on such agreements,
contact the Sherman College Admission Office or call 800-849-8771, ext, 222,
email or go to


Sherman College of Chiropractic

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 or call 800-849-8771.

About Spartanburg
Methodist College

SMC is South Carolina’s only private,
residential college exclusively for freshmen and sophomore students and one of
only four colleges in South Carolina affiliated with the United Methodist
Church. SMC’s mission is to transform lives in a values-oriented,
student-centered atmosphere in the Christian tradition that encourages academic
excellence, intellectual exploration, social awareness, and character
development within the liberal arts tradition.  Spartanburg Methodist College, founded in
1911, is proud of its heritage of providing “the opportunity to be your best and the inspiration to do great things.”

Bagelfest Fall 13

As I have blogged in the past, one of my favorite traditions
at Sherman College is Bagelfest. This is a time to get together as a whole Sherman
community and enjoy bagels and discuss various upcoming and current topics. This
event typically runs long and is jam packed with announcements of future events,
celebrating our incoming quarter of interns at the health center, and welcoming
our first quarter students.


Highlights from the event:

Dr. Cordero shared of his travels and the buzz out in the
chiropractic community about the things going on at Sherman College.

We welcomed 2 new Case doctors at the health center that
were desperately needed.

It is obvious from this event that Sherman students love
their teachers. Several teachers reached milestone years of teaching at Sherman.
This included Dr. Guangming Wu (5 yr), Ms. Carolyn Best (15 yr), Dr. Bob Irwin
(15 yr), Dr. Ron Castellucci (15yr), and Dr. Cindy Gibbon (20 yr). Students clapped
and cheered for their favorite teachers. Dr. Ron was also honored with standing
ovations as he was voted faculty of the year. Mrs. Kristy Shepherd, admissions,
was also honored with standing ovations as she was honored as staff member of
the year.

Scholarships given by the financial aid office were awarded
in addition to the coveted alumni association scholarship.

Dr. Seay pinned the incoming class of internsIMAG0663

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The incoming first quarter class was not  introduced. Typically, the first quarter would be
introduced one at a time, and they would share basic information about themselves.
Many of the lower quarter students (< 6 quarter) were disappointed and
frustrated with this change. This time was a great opportunity to learn names
and help the new quarter assimilate. It is safe to say I am never going to
remember the incoming quarter’s names anymore. However, cutting out this
process saved about an hour of time so I can understand the administrations
choice to remove the practice.






A great start to the weekend!

This is a busy weekend for Sherman with events including IRAPS, Talk the Tic National Competition, Activate…Your future at Sherman College (an event for prospective students), and a Board of Trustees meeting. I have said this before but one of the best things about Sherman is our Board of Trustees. Today we kick started the weekend of with 2 presentations from board members Todd Picou and Dr. Christopher Kent. 

Mr. Picou is has an MBA and has founded a large business dealing with hospice care in SC. While he is not a chiropractor, he brings a unique prospective of business and health care in America to the board of trustees. One of my favorite statements from him today is that healthcare is broken and broke. The vast majority of the $2.7 TRILLION spent on healthcare is disease and crisis care. Dr. Kent gave us a great illustration today. 

Start counting. 

If you think of each second as one penny how long do you think it would take you to count to 1 million? 1 billion? 1 trillion? 

It would take you 11 days to count to 1 million. 

That is counting non-stop 24/7. 

To count to 1 billion would take 30 years. 

Guess take a wild guess as to how long it would take you to count to 1 Trillion. 

300 centuries! 

That is a long time and a lot of money! We cannot continue like this. We have to educate America and people have tothink and actively participate. 

This brings me to my last point of this blog post. We also had the opportunity to hear from the founder of Talk the Tic Dr. Erik Van Slooten. Talk the Tic is a nationwide competition for student to present their health talks. I had the opportunity to pick up 2 of the contestants tonight at the airport. I am grateful to Sherman for hosting this even so I can meet students from others school. I wish everyone the best of luck tomorrow. 


Yes, Grateful!

Yes, in
Clinic there are a great number of procedures to master that form the
“skeleton” of the process of chiropractic care. One must develop an awareness
and sensitivity to the needs of patients and sort out the priorities in
diagnosis. One must develop the skill of listening to what the patient is
saying, and one must develop the skill that is in essence the delivery of the chiropractic
adjustment. In fact, the learning process in clinic involves the integration so
many skills…that it would take me quite some time to create a list worthy of
what a chiropractic intern must master during his or her time in the Health

Yet, what is
seen and judged from the patients’ perspective is simply the delivery of an
adjustment. Perhaps it is even simpler than this. Perhaps all a patient may be
aware of is whether or not they are “getting better.” And so, the delivery of
care is what brings me to the point of this writing. 

For all the
study, time and money that a chiropractic student puts into their learning
there is one thing in the end that is most
. It’s not in the grades, nor in the honors, the reward for
volunteer hours, how many patients we see, how quickly we “process” patients or
how gracefully we handle the stresses and strains. It’s all really in the end
product; it’s in our patient care.

Now that I
am able to see the end product of all our work in school, I can easily say,
“Yes, I am grateful” for where I am. I can now witness the benefits that chiropractic
care creates
when the power is “turned on!” It’s an amazing thing to witness
and it makes all the hard work worthwhile!

Enjoy the glorious autumn weather! (image source)



President’s Assembly: Dr. Rauch

On Wednesday, Dr. Bradley Rauch spoke at the President’s assembly. He is a very successful chiropractor who has helped start chiropractic clinics in 29 states and 4 countries. He is also very passionate about chiropractic missions. He has worked in countries like Haiti, Dominican Republic, Russia, Croatia, and Italy. Throughout his life experiences he has seen chiropractic care help so many people. Dr. Rauch stated, “We have opportunity to change people’s lives.” This can be done by “reconnect[ing] people with innate intelligence.” He believes that if you “tell the story with love in your heart… it just works.”

That was the major message of the assembly. It doesn’t matter who or where, only love in your heart and an understanding of the power of the adjustment.

Dr. Rauch also gave some advice on starting a practice. He stated that students need to choose a community to love and start a practice there. He told a story of another chiropractic college having a board in their office of alumni affairs of the “no go” zones because the area is too densely populated with chiropractors. He said that was nonsense. He believed that if you go into the community and differentiate yourself by telling the story you can get started and serve a crazy amount of people.

Dr. Rauch also emphasized the need to do “the work” as student so we don’t lose our fire for chiropractic. The work for him was: mission trips, Dynamic Essentials, New Beginnings, technique seminars, mentorship programs, personal development, and podcasts.

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All in all, Dr. Rauch was captivating to listen to and really fired me up about going out into the field (despite it being a more than 2 years away). I hope President Cordero can continue to bring in great speakers to empower Sherman students to have a clear understanding of how to succeed.



Business Success Curriculum

This week I had the opportunity to be a part of a pilot group for the start of Sherman's Business Success Curriculum. The program is designed to help prepare students for the current realities of being in practice as a chiropractor in today's healthcare market. I believe one of the most attractive aspects to many people looking into chiropractic college is that you can be your own boss. However, to do this you must know how to run a business. Yes you can hire people to help, but you have to do more then just check spines and adjust all day. Sherman is not only teaching students how to be chiropractors, but successful chiropractors. I am very excited to be a part of this new program. 

On Thursday of this week all of 5th and 6th quarter spent today with Dr. Dean DePice, founder of TLC.  Some of the topics we discussed included:

  • Creating a vision for what our practice will look like
  • Starting a storyboard to help us visualize and focus on our future practice
  • How to introduce ourselves to a community where we want to open a new practice
  • How to present research facts in 10-30 seconds. 
  • Much more…

After the seminar I feel more enthusiastic about my goals, and ready to buckle down and finish the next couple of quarters of basic science classes so I can pass boards and enter clinic. As the first group we really did not know what to expect, but I think the day exceeded my expectations, and I encourage
future participants to get excited about the opportunities to come at Sherman.