Sherman College Earns 2017 Military Friendly® Schools Designation

Sherman College Earns 2017 Military Friendly® Schools Designation


Sherman College Earns 2017 Military Friendly® Schools Designation

Sherman College of Chiropractic has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® Schools designation by Victory Media. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. This is Sherman College’s fourth consecutive year receiving the Military Friendly® designation.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Sherman College President Dr. Edwin Cordero said the Military Friendly® Schools designation has special meaning to him. “Sherman College has a tremendous opportunity to serve and honor our military service members who give so much to our country,” Dr. Cordero said. “We are eager to reach more military members and share with them a health care career that embraces their commitment to serving others. I think it is especially fitting, since Sherman College of Chiropractic holds service to others as a major component of its mission.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans,” says Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media. “Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

Sherman College of Chiropractic will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on For more information about Sherman College’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY.


About 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 Victory Media Inc.

Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunitiesthrough its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM JobsSM and Military Friendly® brands.Learn more about Victory Media at

 For more information, please contact:

Karen Rhodes

Director of Public Relations

Sherman College of Chiropractic

Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242



Meet Student Ambassador Letitia Clay


Sherman College Student Ambassadors lead tours, give health talks, help organize and lead campus visit events such as Showcase Sherman and represent the college in the local community and beyond.

Name: Letitia Clay

Hometown: Newport News, VA

Education: B.S. in Biological Science from Virginia Tech

Activities/Hobbies: Gym/running, tap dancing, theater arts, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Why Chiropractic: I choose chiropractic because I believe chiropractic is what our society needs. When it comes to healthcare, people are ignorant to the fact that our bodies were created to heal. Too many individuals are dependent upon medications and vaccines to do the job that our bodies were designed to do. Through chiropractic, I am able to communicate a message of hope to people and help them to live life at their best. Once I learned what chiropractic really is, it just made sense and lined up with the kind of doctor I want to be.

Favorite thing about Sherman: Sherman is one of the few schools that remains true to the philosophy of chiropractic. The philosophy-based curriculum is one of the qualities of Sherman I appreciate the most because I believe it is the foundation that sets students apart in the world to be the best chiropractors in the field. Chiropractic is a full package of science, art and philosophy, and every part must be utilized. I know that once I graduate I will have the necessary skills, confidence and knowledge to make a difference in the realm of chiropractic care. Also, Sherman has some of the most genuine and supportive faculty I could ever ask for in a college.

Favorite thing about Upstate South Carolina: The Upstate region has basically everything you need. Everything is within a few minutes’ drive, and that makes it very convenient for students.

In Memory of Helen McPike Brown, D.C.H.

Helen McPike BrownIt is with sadness that Sherman Colleges shares the news of the passing of Helen McPike Brown on August 19, 2016. Her husband of more than 70 years, Gordon Brown, D.C., was near her side at the time, in their home on the Sherman College campus in Spartanburg, SC.

“Helen Brown was a passionate supporter of chiropractic throughout her life,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. “She gave to chiropractic and to Sherman College unselfishly, and she had a true love for the profession. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family; she will be dearly missed.”

Though not a chiropractor herself, Mrs. Brown had a rare appreciation of chiropractic philosophy and a unique commitment to sharing chiropractic with others. Originally from Davenport, IA, she was a talented artist who has donated many of her works to the college both to help decorate the campus and as assets the college can use to raise funds. She was known for her interest in providing chiropractic art to doctors of chiropractic for their homes and offices. Helen was past president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the International Chiropractors Association (WAICA); her father (Dr. Ray McPike, an enthusiastic early supporter of Sherman College), her husband, and one of her two sons have all been chiropractors.

Helen and her husband, Gordon Brown, who married in 1944, donated their home in Sedona, AZ, to Sherman College in 1999; funds from the donation were used to construct the Brown House and Museum on campus. The structure serves as an on-campus residence for the couple, and the lower level houses a museum with the college’s historical chiropractic holdings. The Browns’ donation is the largest gift in kind in the history of the college.

The couple moved into the Brown House and Chiropractic Museum in October 2000. At the time, Helen shared their excitement about joining the Sherman College family. “Our primary objective in making this donation was not only to give the college the bulk of our estate, but also to be around people who share our philosophy,” she explained at the time. “We’ve lived nothing but the chiropractic philosophy our entire lives.”

Gordon Brown, is a 1942 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic; he practiced in Louisville, KY, for two years and in Logansport, IN, for 19 years and was instrumental in getting the laws changed in Indiana to allow chiropractors to practice.

Both Gordon and Helen have supported and contributed generously to Sherman College in many ways over the years. In 1993, they became members of the Board of Regents, and in 1997, they made a generous estate commitment to the Sherman College Endowment Trust. Sherman College presented the couple with honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities degrees in 2001, and they received the prestigious Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award in 2013.

Prospective Students Get a VIP Experience

Andrew Yekel of Fort Washington, PA, was Sherman College’s first visitor to experience a revamped campus visit (pictured with student Lauren Corvi)

Andrew Yekel of Fort Washington, PA, was Sherman College’s first visitor to experience a revamped campus visit (pictured with student Lauren Corvi)

The campus visit experience is a valuable tool for prospective students when deciding on the right chiropractic college. In fact, since January 2014, more than 80 percent of enrolled students visited campus prior to enrolling. Campus visits are offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and are limited to four prospective students to ensure a personalized experience.

Beginning in August, prospective students coming to Sherman College for a campus visit are being treated to an enhanced VIP experience. Upon arriving, they receive a special VIP badge clearly identifying them as DCs2B so everyone on campus can give them a warm welcome. A personalized brochure features the agenda for the visit and provides information about the college and the Spartanburg area.

Next, prospective student visitors meet with staff members to review the nuts and bolts of the admission and financial aid process. Our highly trained Student Ambassadors take them on a tour of campus, which is followed by a visit with President Edwin Cordero, D.C., or Executive Vice President Neil Cohen, D.C., and lunch at The Farmer’s Table Café.

Campus visitors won’t go home empty handed. Each prospective student receives a one-of-a-kind t-shirt and tumbler to commemorate their visit to Sherman. Finally, each prospective student is given the opportunity to provide feedback on their visit via online survey so the department can continue to improve this critical part of the decision-making process for prospective students.

Sherman College offers another option to experience Sherman College: Showcase Sherman Weekend, our quarterly open house for prospective students and college advisors. This event allows prospective students to be immersed in the campus culture for two days, learning about the chiropractic program, meeting faculty, staff and students as well as touring downtown Spartanburg. The college began hosting Showcase Sherman Weekends in July 2014, and the event has grown considerably since then.

Do you know someone who is considering a career in healthcare? If so, please refer them to Sherman College for a campus visit.


Introduction to the Nervous System

Intro to the Nervous System Before Pursuing a Chiropractic Degree

Introduction to the Nervous System

The purpose of chiropractic care is to help remove interference from the nervous system so the body can perform optimally. As the nervous system controls and coordinates every function of the human body (as it does with other animals), a comprehensive understanding of how it works is an essential component of chiropractic training.

The nervous system is a complex network of nerves and cells that transmit signals from the brain and spinal cord to different parts of the body. Chiropractors examine the body as a whole while assessing nervous system function and potential compromises, or subluxations, in the spine. Students pursuing a chiropractic degree develop a thorough knowledge of human anatomy and neuroanatomy in extensive lecture and laboratory courses, in addition to hands-on courses in chiropractic adjusting techniques.

Here is a helpful introduction to how the nervous system works.

Central Nervous System‘s Role in Chiropractic Science

In vertebrate species, the nervous system consists of the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The major parts of the CNS are the brain and spinal cord, the body’s control center where sensory information is received, processed and acted upon. There are approximately 100 billion neurons in the brain’s gray matter, controlling both higher mental functions (consciousness, memory, voluntary actions) and lower body functions (respiration, digestion, heart rate, etc).

Introduction to the Nervous System

The spinal cord is a long, thin and tubular mass of bundled neurons extending from the brain, comprised of 31 segments, each containing a pair of spinal nerves. Students of chiropractic science understand that these are some of our most important peripheral nerves, acting as on- and off-ramps from the spinal cord to relay nerve impulses throughout the body and integrating reflexes to stimuli.

Peripheral Nervous System in Chiropractic Science

The smallest units in the nervous system are neurons, which are specialized cells that send signals in the form of electrochemical impulses rapidly and precisely to other cells. Long fibers called axons in the peripheral nervous system can form neural circuits and networks that inform our behavior and perception of the world. The PNS consists of somatic nerves that mediate voluntary movement, and the autonomic nervous system, which functions without conscious effort.

Introduction to the Nervous System

Nerves in the somatic system connect the brain and spinal cord with muscles and the skin’s sensory receptors. The autonomic system is further subdivided into the sympathetic, parasympathetic and enteric systems. The sympathetic division responds to stress, emotion, and exercise with changes in respiration, heart rate, stress hormones, and digestion. The parasympathetic works to return these functions to equilibrium when the body is at rest. The enteric nervous system works mostly independently to regulate digestion and function of the digestive organs.

Applying Knowledge of the Nervous System

Correcting and improving the nervous system’s function through regular chiropractic care has been shown to improve function, but more than that, because all body function is controlled by the nervous system, adjustments made throughout your chiropractic career can result in better overall health and wellness. This is because all of the body’s organs, systems, muscles and other tissues require proper nerve flow for them to function as intended. Subluxations in the spine inhibit the central nervous system’s ability to transmit signals to affected areas, which can create imbalances and functional problems elsewhere in the body. Chiropractic adjustments help correct subluxations so the body can function at its best.

Discover why Sherman College of Chiropractic gives students a distinct advantage in pursuing a chiropractic degree!

2 Things You’ll Learn About Homeostasis During Your Chiropractic Training

As you begin your chiropractic training, you’ll learn how chiropractic helps keep patients healthy through the use of preventative and non-invasive care. That’s why regular chiropractic visits are so important—they help promote health before a symptom arises.

At the center of this preventative and natural healthcare model is the concept of homeostasis. What is homeostasis and why will it be an important part of your chiropractic education? Read on to find out.

1. Homeostasis is Important for Maintaining Health

If it was a warm summer day and you were outside enjoying the sun, your body might feel warm. In order for your body to bring its temperature back to an optimal level, it might begin to sweat, or perhaps signal thirst. However, if you were outside on a cold day, your body’s temperature would also be out of its ‘normal’ range and perhaps become cold. You might shiver, or want to bring your arms close to your body to keep warm. In both cases, your body is trying to bring your temperature back to normal levels—which is homeostasis in action.

Homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to maintain a stable state within an optimal range of values.

Your body’s innate intelligence helps it heal cuts and maintain health

Homeostasis is in many ways a key to health and even life. Whether it’s the body’s kidneys regulating the amount of potassium, sodium, and phosphorus in the blood, or perhaps the liver ensuring that blood glucose levels remain consistent, the body is constantly striving for balance. In chiropractic science, the human body’s ability to maintain health and balance is often referred to as its innate intelligence.

2. Chiropractic Training Helps Ensure that Subluxations Are Corrected Before they Can Interfere with Health

From fighting off infections to keeping cool on a warm day, homeostasis helps ensure that the body stays healthy. But how does the body know to maintain these optimal levels? Through its nervous system, of course!

As the human body’s ‘command center’ the brain helps to regulate each organ and body function. Messages from the brain are carried through the spine and nerves to each part of the body, helping to maintain homeostasis. But if an interruption occurs along that system, it might not be able to maintain that balance as well as it should.

Professionals with chiropractic training know that subluxations can interfere with normal nerve function, making it harder for the body to maintain homeostasis. A subluxation occurs when vertebrae in the spine move out of position and put pressure on the nerves passing through. This pressure might be too small for a patient to feel, but it can interfere with the brain’s ability to communicate effectively with the body’s organs and maintain an optimal state of health.

Fortunately, when a chiropractor locates and corrects these subluxations, normal function can return and the brain can continue to maintain homeostasis—helping to prevent symptoms or dis-ease before they even occur.

Students learn to locate and correct subluxations during their chiropractic training

In this way, chiropractors work with the body’s innate intelligence to keep patients healthy and safe.

Are you interested in pursuing a chiropractic career and performing meaningful chiropractic research?

Contact Sherman to learn more about our Research Department and our Doctor of Chiropractic program!

Catherine Silver-Riddell Named Regents of the Year by Sherman College

Catherine Silver-Riddell Named Regents of the Year by Sherman CollegeInwood, WV, chiropractor Catherine Silver-Riddell, D.C., has been named Regent of the Year by Sherman College of Chiropractic. This award is presented in recognition of her outstanding and continuous advancement of Sherman College through participation on the college’s Board of Regents, a group dedicated to supporting quality chiropractic education through financial donations and leadership.

Regents give visibility and stature to Sherman College through speaking engagements, legislative roles, student referrals, and financial support. Though she has only been a Sherman College Regent for seven years, Dr. Silver-Riddell’s contributions have been significant and noteworthy.  She is a member of the President’s Circle, the highest commitment level group in the Regent Program.

Dr. Riddell has been a pioneer in the chiropractic profession for 40 years, beginning with her inclusion as part of the first graduating class of Sherman College. She has participated in hundreds of postgraduate professional seminars such including Sherman College’s annual Lyceum, and she has brought restorative health and wellness to more than 8,000 patients thus far in her career. She is still serving patients of all ages at her practice in Inwood, WV. She resides with her husband, Roland, in Winchester, VA, and is an active member of her church, choir and community.

Sherman College named its 2016 award recipients April 28-30 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors and students throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events and other programs.

3 Patient Education Tips to Use Once You Start Your Chiropractic Career

When it comes to attracting new patients, retaining current patients, and helping your community stay healthy, few options are as effective as patient education. That’s because informed patients understand the benefits of regular chiropractic care. They know why it’s an important part of living a healthy life, and they might even explain those benefits to their friends and family—helping to grow your practice and spread the benefits of chiropractic to even more patients.

But while the benefits of patient education might be well known, sometimes it can be tricky for chiropractors to understand the best approaches for explaining chiropractic without using too many intimidating or scientific terms. That’s why top chiropractic colleges include patient education classes right into their curriculum so that you graduate with the skills you need to smoothly introduce patients to the health benefits of this growing healthcare field.

If you’re a current student or are considering a career in chiropractic, your education will provide you with the patient education strategies you need to succeed. But if you’d like to get a head start on your studies, here are a few quick tips for you to keep in mind.

1. Include Patient Education Information on Your Website Once You Begin Your Chiropractic Career

In today’s digital age, one of the best and easiest ways for chiropractors to educate their patients is through their practice’s website. Why? As it turns out, many patients will often turn to the web when seeking medical advice. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, “72% of internet users say they looked online for health information within the past year.” That means that if you want to expand the knowledge of both your patients and the general population, online tools might be your best bet.

Many patients search for healthcare information online

Once you begin your chiropractic career, try adding in a patient education section to your practice’s website. You could include a quick page of frequently asked questions about chiropractic, where patients could find the answers to many of their top questions. You could even include a blog where you delve into more complex topics like the body’s innate intelligence and the science behind subluxations.

Through these blogs and web pages, your current patients (as well as potential future patients) can quickly learn about the benefits of chiropractic—and begin their journey to a healthier life.

2. Use Social Media Throughout Your Chiropractic Career

To help attract viewers to your blog and website, you might want to create a social media account or two after completing your chiropractic education. That’s because according to recent statistics, as many as “40% of consumers say that information found via social media affects the way they deal with their health.”

On top of that, “90% of respondents from 18 to 24 years of age said they would trust medical information shared by others on their social media networks,”—especially if that information comes from a trusted source like a doctor of chiropractic.

Patients often use social media to learn more about healthcare

As a result, social media is one of the easiest ways for chiropractors to educate many patients and prospective patients at once.

3. Keep Brochures Handy at Your Chiropractic Practice

Even though online searches are becoming more and more popular, that doesn’t mean doctors of chiropractic can ignore more traditional patient education tools like brochures and posters. Once you begin your career in chiropractic, one good way to inform patients is to provide them with brochures. You can circle important information, and also include contact details so that they won’t forget to book their next appointment. They might even pass their brochure to a friend or family member, which can help educate even more people on the benefits of chiropractic.

Want to begin your chiropractor training so that you can educate patients on the benefits of chiropractic?

Visit Sherman to discover our well-rounded and hands-on chiropractic program.



Frank Hahn, D.C., Named Chiropractor of the Year by Sherman College

Frank Hahn, D.C., Named Chiropractor of the Year by Sherman CollegeFranklin Park, NJ, chiropractor Frank Hahn, D.C., has been named Chiropractor of the Year by Sherman College of Chiropractic. The Chiropractor of the Year Award is an honor bestowed upon doctors who have, through their service, given extraordinary time and effort to advance Sherman College and the principled chiropractic profession.

Dr. Hahn is a successful and principled chiropractor who thrives on service – serving his patients and his community, serving Sherman College, and serving the profession. A 2003 Sherman College graduate, he is owner and director of a thriving practice, Chiropractic LifeCenter, in Franklin Park, NJ, and he also provides care through Chiropractic for Humanity for Elijah’s Promise, which helps connect individuals and families in need with social and health services.

He says his vision is for “every man, woman and child on the planet to become educated about the benefits of chiropractic.” Dr. Hahn created and appears regularly on IFCO-TV, an online television show he created for the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO). He is active with the IFCO, and he is a board member of the Garden State Chiropractic Society. He has written a book, 47 Reasons to Visit Your Chiropractor, available on Amazon.

Dr. Hahn serves Sherman College as a member of the Board of Regents, a group of individuals who provide for the advancement of the college with annual gifts. He is a longtime member of the college’s Reach Out and Recruit Program and is dedicated to building the profession by speaking at career fairs, local colleges and high schools, and by hosting career events for prospective students in his town. In fact, he referred a student who is currently enrolled at Sherman College, and several who have already graduated.

He is a sought-after speaker in the chiropractic profession, and has presented at the Berkshires Philosophy Seminar, New Beginnings, Schubel Vision Seminars, Chiropassion Seminars, Mile High Chiropractic, Garden State Chiropractic Society programs, Sherman College Lyceum, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and more. He has presented on the Sherman Connect conference call series as well.

Sherman College named its 2016 award recipients April 28-30 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors and students throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events and other programs.


Barbara and Jim Dubel, D.C., Presented with Sherman College’s Highest Service Award

Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award: Dr. Jim and Barbara Dubel

Middletown, NJ, chiropractor Jim Dubel, D.C., and his wife and chiropractic assistant, Barbara “Babs” Dubel, have been presented with the Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award by Sherman College of Chiropractic.

The Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award is presented at the discretion of the president and therefore not awarded every year. This award was created to honor the Gelardis (Sherman College’s founders) and also the recipients who are deemed to have the same qualities as the Gelardis. It is given to individuals to recognize their unselfish dedication, visionary leadership and pioneering spirit.

Jim Dubel is a Palmer graduate and opened Health in Hand Chiropractic in New Jersey with his wife, Babs, at his side in 1980. Ten years later they started the New Beginning for a New Future Chiropractic Philosophy Weekend, known best as New Beginnings. From its humble beginnings, the event has grown under their direction and guidance. It is now one of the premier chiropractic philosophy events in the nation, drawing hundreds of chiropractors as attendees and attracting the best of the best in chiropractic philosophy presenters. New Beginnings is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Like the Gelardis, the Dubels remain steadfast in their commitment to the chiropractic principles and serve as an example for the rest of the profession. They have sacrificed much in their service to chiropractic. They are pioneers leading the way for future generations, and their visionary leadership is inspiring. The couple remains steadfast in their commitment to the chiropractic profession and has raised their three children in the same principled lifestyle. One of their children, Stephanie, is currently a student at Sherman College.

Sherman College named its 2016 award recipients April 28-30 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors and students throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events and other programs.