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Sherman College Names Chiropractor of the Year, Regent of the Year and Other Award Recipients 2016

Sherman College honored alumni, chiropractors, and supporters during its 43rd Lyceum, a homecoming and continuing education 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. The college is proud to announce the following 2016 award recipients:



Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award: Dr. Jim and Barbara DubelThom 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, were presented with the Thom and Betty Gelardi Service Award, an award 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.


Chiropractor of the Year: Dr. Frank HahnChiropractor of the Year: Dr. Frank Hahn

Franklin Park, NJ, chiropractor Frank Hahn, D.C., was named Chiropractor of the Year, 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. He is a sought-after speaker in the chiropractic profession.

Dr. Hahn serves Sherman College as a member of the Board of Regents, 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.


Regent of the Year: Dr. Catherine Silver-RiddellRegent of the Year: Dr. Catherine Silver-Riddell

Inwood, WV, chiropractor Catherine Silver-Riddell, D.C., was named Regent of the Year, an award 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.

Help People with a Career in Chiropractic: Sherman College to Host Showcase Events in July, October

Showcase Sherman weekend 2016Sherman College of Chiropractic welcomes future doctors of chiropractic to campus four times a year for its popular “Showcase Sherman” event, where guests will discover why Fast Company, Forbes, Career Cast and other organizations repeatedly name chiropractic as a top job and see what sets Sherman apart as a leader in chiropractic education. The remaining 2016 Showcase Sherman weekends will be held July 22-23 and October 21-22.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, chiropractic employment opportunities are growing much faster than average for all occupations. Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 17 percent this decade. Sherman College’s Doctor of Chiropractic program is unique in its approach to health care and known globally for producing doctors who are highly skilled in their delivery of chiropractic care.

Showcase Sherman Weekend is a two-day event for prospective students and college advisors. This weekend is designed to ignite a passion for leadership as well as help students begin their pursuit of an exciting career in the health and wellness field of chiropractic.

During Showcase Sherman, visitors will tour Sherman’s campus, including the on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. They will talk with current students about the curriculum and learn about the academic program, campus community, financial aid and housing options.

Highlights from the weekend include:

  • A welcome session with Sherman College President Dr. Edwin Cordero
  • Leadership experiences geared toward preparing students to be confident and effective leaders through team building, planning, and decision making
  • Palpation demonstration given by Sherman faculty members and leading interns
  • Passion-filled discussions with currently practicing chiropractors and alumni
  • A campus tour including Sherman’s Chiropractic Health Center, which serves the local community with approximately 30,000 patient visits each year
  • Personalized “Spartanburg Living” tour of downtown and several local apartment complexes

Showcase events are available once a quarter. The college also hosts personalized tours and visits to campus each week. For more information about visiting Sherman College, call Emily Wood at 864-578-8770, ext. 271, email ewood@sherman.edu or visit http://www.sherman.edu/showcase/.

Ready to Apply to Chiropractor School? Find Out Which Prerequisites You’ll Need

Prospective students learn about chiropractic technique with faculty member Dr. Kevin Power

If your dream is to help others lead healthier lives through natural, preventative healthcare, you already have one of the most important prerequisites for pursuing a career in chiropractic. Your next step is to map out an educational pathway that helps you achieve your goal, and luckily, there are several to choose from. Need to know which undergraduate courses are required for entrance into chiropractic college, or how to expedite your training with fast-track options? We’ve got you covered.

Read on for an overview of the prerequisites, and be sure to follow up with Sherman about any questions you have about your personal path toward a career in chiropractic.

Structure Your Undergrad Courses around Chiropractic College Requirements

If you know you will pursue chiropractic training after completing your undergraduate degree, here is a sample curriculum you can follow to prepare for chiropractic college. This curriculum is designed to equip students with a valuable theoretical foundation, and includes specific courses required for entry into Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Sample undergraduate curriculum to obtain the 90 semester hours (or 135 quarter hours) needed for entrance into Sherman (please note that there are many courses from which to choose and that this is just a sample):

In year one, spread over the fall and spring semesters, you could complete:

  • English I and English II
  • Anatomy/Physiology I and II (with Lab)
  • General Chemistry I and II (with Lab)
  • College Algebra
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Trigonometry
  • One course from the Social Sciences/Humanities

In year two, spread across the fall and spring semesters, you might pursue the following courses:

  • Physics I with Lab
  • Physics II with Lab (or Statistics, Biomechanics)
  • Organic Chemistry I with Lab
  • Organic Chemistry II (or Biochemistry)
  • A total of four courses from the Social Sciences/Humanities

In year three, you would fulfil your elective credits to bring the total amount to at least 90 hours. Sherman College recommends that the electives you choose include:

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy

It’s important to note that you’ll need a grade of “C” or higher in all chiropractic prerequisite courses to be eligible for entrance into Sherman College, and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, though exceptions can be made under the Alternative Admissions Track Plan (AATP) if you have a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 and/or fewer than the required hours in the sciences.

Sherman College graduates pose with a favorite faculty member at the December 2015 commencement

Fast Track Your Training with a Pre-Chiropractic Certificate

Students who enroll at nearby Spartanburg Community College have the option to fast-track their education by earning an Associate of Science Degree combined with pre-chiropractic electives and a Pre-Chiropractic Certificate. This joint program includes all of the prerequisites required to pursue a chiropractic degree, and once successfully completed, guarantees entrance into Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Students who go this route will earn both an associate and graduate degree in just six and a half years—saving money, and allowing them to start their chiropractic careers more quickly.

Prospective students tour the clinic at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center

“Three-Plus-One” Programs Offer a Quicker Route to your Chiropractic Degree

Sherman has partnered with several four-year institutions to offer prospective chiropractic students another way to fast track their education and save money on tuition. These partnerships, known as “Three-Plus-One” programs, allow students to complete the first three years of a bachelor degree at a partner school, and then pursue year one of chiropractic training at Sherman College. If you successfully complete year one at Sherman, it counts toward completing your Bachelor degree—AND toward completing your chiropractic degree.

Essentially, you hit two birds with one stone, shaving one whole year off your total education. Institutions currently partnered with Sherman to offer students either Articulation Agreements or Three-Plus-One programs include:

  • Bloomfield College (NJ)
  • Ferrum College (VA)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Lipscomb University (TN)
  • Mid Michigan Community College (MI)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (TN)
  • Middlesex County College (NJ)
  • Mount Aloysius College (PA)
  • Pontifica Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico (PR)
  • Spartanburg Community College (SC)
  • Spartanburg Methodist College (SC)
  • Universidad Central de Bayamón (PR)
  • University of South Carolina Upstate (SC)

Would you like more detailed advice about planning your chiropractic education?

Just visit Sherman College of Chiropractic online for further information about prerequisites and educational pathways—or better yet, give us a call at 800-849-8771, ext. 200 to speak directly with admissions.



4 Career Paths for Students Completing their Chiropractic Degree

Sherman College of Chiropractic graduates, June 2015

This is an exciting time to launch a career in chiropractic.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of chiropractors is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, compared to 7 percent, which is the average for all occupations.

Demand for chiropractors is spurred on by an increased understanding of, and demand for, natural healthcare solutions that focus on prevention and whole-body wellness. A growing body of clinical evidence in support of chiropractic has added to this awareness, inspiring students to pursue Doctors of Chiropractic, and expanding the market for new grads.

Considering enrolling in a chiropractic program, or nearing the end of your degree? Here are four exciting career paths to consider.

Start Your Own Chiropractic Practice

Many students dream of owning their own practice after graduating from chiropractic college. They are drawn to the freedom of being their own boss, the thrill of launching and growing their own business, and the opportunity to focus on whatever area of chiropractic they find most fulfilling.

Some grads will operate clinics out of their own homes for maximum convenience. Others will join a sports team and travel across the globe. Some will choose to tailor their practice toward infants, the elderly, and athletes—or go the traditional route and work with patients of all ages and backgrounds. The sky’s the limit for chiropractic entrepreneurs.

Sherman students learn the practical steps to opening their own clinic during the Practice Success Program

Join an Established Clinic as a Doctor of Chiropractic

A newly graduated doctor of chiropractic may opt to join an established clinic rather than building a practice from scratch. Some advantages of this path include opportunities to gain experience working with a broad range of patients, and less time spent on business tasks like marketing and accounting.

Some grads may start out working with a team of other healthcare professionals, learning the ropes and perhaps deciding on an area of speciality, before launching their own private practices.

Specialize in Animal Chiropractic

Just like humans, animals experience vertebral subluxations and can benefit greatly from chiropractic care. Since the inception of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) in 1986, animal adjusting is increasingly recognized as helpful in maintaining vitality and overall wellness for dogs, horses, and other animals.

Recent Sherman College alumna Natasha Jaskiewicz, D.C., is one of many graduates who has made animal chiropractic the focus of her mobile, private practice. She travels the globe working with horse and rider teams, and dogs that compete at an international level.

Animal adjustment has grown so popular that Sherman College regularly hosts animal adjusting with industry experts like Drs. Jay Komarek and Petra Sullwold.

Dr. Komarek demonstrates equine chiropractic technique at a Sherman College animal adjusting seminar

Advance Chiropractic Awareness as an Educator

An important part of earning a chiropractic degree is conducting research, analyzing data, and sharing new viewpoints with classmates and colleagues. After graduation, the focus on education and awareness continues as doctors of chiropractic strive to help patients understand chiropractic philosophy, and participate in ongoing professional development.

Some graduates view education and research as crucial to the continued success and credibility of chiropractic, and after practicing for a few years, transition into academic roles. Many continue to maintain a small private practice as they develop their academic careers.

Class in session at Sherman College of Chiropractic

Several Sherman College graduates have followed this path, which has led them full circle, right back to Sherman! Recent alumni additions to the Sherman team include:

  • Rebecca Hall, D.C. (class of 2006), who joined the Sherman College faculty as assistant case doctor in the Health Center in December 2015
  • Jillian Kersh, D.C. (class of 2009), who accepted the position of Director of Continuing Education at Sherman College last year and coordinates seminars and programs for chiropractic licensure and learning
  • Princess Porter-Fowler, D.C. (class of 2001), who joined the Sherman College faculty as an instructor in clinical sciences, also in 2015
  • Brian Dooley, D.C., A.C.P. (class of 2005), who returned to the college in 2014 as a health center case doctor but now teaches several courses and manages the college’s thriving Practice Success Program.

As educators and researchers, Doctors of Chiropractic have a unique opportunity to influence the next generation of practitioners, and in turn be inspired by each new cohort of bright, dedicated new students.

Are you looking for a reputable college from which to earn an accredited chiropractic degree?

Visit Sherman College of Chiropractic to explore our program, meet our students, and learn about the admissions process.

A Day in the Life of a Chiropractic College Student

If you’re interested in pursuing a rewarding career in chiropractic, you might already know that you’ll need to complete in-depth studies before you can reach your goal. At Sherman College, for example, you’ll need to finish about 4,800 clock hours before you can graduate as a doctor of chiropractic.

You’ll need to learn about the philosophy of chiropractic, how to use cutting-edge digital x-ray technology, how to perform specific adjustments to help the body correct vertebral subluxations, as well as many other important subjects. But that doesn’t mean that studying at Sherman College is only about coursework. In fact, our friendly campus and small class sizes help you feel welcome and supported throughout your studies. You’ll know both your instructors and your peers, and will have plenty of opportunities to participate in school clubs, community sports teams, and many other on campus activities.

But what does that education look like on a day-to-day basis? What would it really be like to be a student at a top chiropractic school? Read this blog to find out!

Start Your Morning at Chiropractic College With in-Depth Classroom Theory

If you were a student at Sherman College, your day might start with a course in neuroanatomy, chiropractic technique, philosophy, or one of the many other classes that constitutes a Sherman College education. At Sherman College, you don’t just learn the theory behind vertebral subluxation, you also learn the art of performing precise, specific adjustments, and the philosophy, or the “why,” of chiropractic. You’ll even develop business success and communication skills so that you are prepared to open your very own practice after graduation.

Let’s imagine that your first course of the day is Subluxation Theories. During this class, you might spend the morning discovering the past and present research on the science of vertebral subluxations, and how those theories are an important part of chiropractic. Or perhaps you’d start your day with a course in clinical case management, where you’ll learn how to manage patient cases and perfect your doctor-patient interaction skills.

Take a Break at The Farmer’s Table in Between Classes

After your first class ends, you might have a small break before your next class. You could decide to use that time to ask your instructor a few questions, or maybe even pop into Sherman College’s extensive library for a quick study session.


A Sherman College student asks for extra help after class

Once it gets close to lunch time, you might want to use your break to grab a quick bite with some friends at The Farmer’s Table—Sherman College’s on campus café. At The Farmer’s Table, you could enjoy a tasty meal made fresh using produce from local farmers. You could chat with your friends about an upcoming assignment you might all be working on, or discuss the rewarding career path you’d like to pursue once you’ve completed your chiropractor training.

Get Hands-On Chiropractor Training at Sherman College’s On-Campus Clinic

Hands-on training is an important part of any Sherman College education. That’s because we know that the best foundation for your future chiropractic career is one that teaches you the theory behind chiropractic, as well as the practical skills chiropractors use on a daily basis.

Many of your daily classes will include hands-on work so that you can fully learn the art of chiropractic. But that’s not the only hands-on education you’ll receive. At Sherman College, our upper-quarter students also get hands-on experience working with real patients, right in our on-campus chiropractic clinic. Our newly-renovated student clinic will also play an important role in your chiropractic education, giving you the experience you need to make a smooth transition into a rewarding chiropractic career.


A Student intern meets with a patient at Sherman College’s on-campus clinic

As a student intern, you’ll work under the close supervision of a licensed doctor, and take patient histories, perform examinations, and perform the specific adjustments your patients need to maintain health and function at their best.

Enjoy an Evening at Chiropractic College

When you pursue studies at Sherman College, your day doesn’t have to end when classes do. Our thriving campus community is filled with clubs, and other extracurricular activities for students to enjoy. Whether you want to deepen your faith and love of chiropractic at the Christian Chiropractic Club or build up your network by joining international organizations like the World Congress of Chiropractic Students—there are plenty of opportunities for students to explore their interests.

You might consider listening in on Sherman College’s free chiropractic conference calls every Monday night, or perhaps get some exercise on our beautiful 80-acre campus. The choices are endless for students at chiropractic college.

Are you ready to begin your education at a top chiropractic college?

Discover why our students love studying at Sherman College by booking a visit to our beautiful and friendly campus.

The Rubicon Group Funds $20,000 for Research on the Effects of Chiropractic Care on Stroke Patients

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The Rubicon Group (TRG) has announced a funding commitment of $20,000 (NZD) to the Centre for Chiropractic Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand, in support of a randomized clinical trial entitled “The Effects of Chiropractic Care on Functional Outcomes, Somatosensory Processing and Motor Control in Patients Who Have Suffered from a Stroke.”

The proposed stroke study will be the first of its kind, and ground-breaking, particularly if it’s possible to show that chiropractic care improves brain function and neuromuscular control in people who have suffered from a stroke. The clinical trial will involve scientists from Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark, Riphah International University, Pakistan, and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

The Rubicon Group is a collaborative effort of Sherman College of Chiropractic, Life University, Life Chiropractic College West, McTimoney College of Chiropractic, New Zealand College of Chiropractic, McTimoney Chiropractic Association, the Scottish Chiropractic Association and the United Chiropractic Association.

Participants in this study must have had a stroke at least six weeks prior to their involvement in the study and have ongoing neurological deficits due to the stroke. A crossover design will be used, and participants will act as their own controls. The study will compare the effects of a single session of chiropractic care addressing vertebral subluxations to a passive movement control intervention on outcome measures that assess sensorimotor function.

The outcome measures for the trial will assess whether a single session of chiropractic care improves performance in the Timed Up and Go Test (TUG) and whether it increases muscle power, strength, and cortical drive and reduces fatigue in stroke survivors who have muscle weakness. The TUG and measures of strength and fatigue are clinically relevant outcome measures in the assessment of stroke rehabilitation.

The H reflex, m waves, strength, fatigue and v waves are clinical and neurophysiological measures that have previously been shown to change following chiropractic care and are also important indicators of changes in central nervous system function that are important for motor recovery following a stroke.

This trial will also assess motor unit recruitment pattern changes after chiropractic care. This will be achieved with multi-array EMG electrodes (subject to the ability of the participant to move their own muscles). Other outcome measures will assess how the brain and target muscles communicate (EEG-EMG coherence) and will also assess which brain regions are involved with any changes that are observed in somatosensory processing following the chiropractic care session.

Identifying the relevant brain regions involved will be assessed using somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) and a cap that has 62 EEG recording electrodes. In several past studies utilizing SEPs it has been shown that adjusting vertebral subluxations can alter the way the brain processes and responds to sensory information from the upper limb. It was recently demonstrated, in an award winning international collaboration, that the brain changes that occur after a single session of chiropractic care take place in the prefrontal cortex.

The Rubicon Group joins the United Chiropractic Association (UK), the Australian Spinal Research Foundation and the chiropractic profession in New Zealand in supporting this study.



Explore Chiropractic Education with the Showcase Sherman Weekend

Showcase Sherman Weekend is an opportunity to discover your passion for chiropractic

Are you looking for a stand-out education that teaches you the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic? If so, then Sherman College might be the perfect fit for you. From our hands-on student clinic to our small classes on everything from patient education to neuroanatomy, we help you develop all the skills you’ll need to become the best chiropractor you can be.

Want to get a closer look at how we prepare our students for a rewarding career in chiropractic? If so, then Showcase Sherman Weekend might be the perfect opportunity for you to ignite your passion for the profession and begin your pursuit of becoming part of the next generation of DCs2B (Doctors of Chiropractic To Be)!

What is the Showcase Sherman Weekend?

Showcase Sherman weekend is a quarterly, two-day event that’s suited for both prospective students and college advisors. During the Showcase weekend, you’ll get to see your future college campus, speak with current Sherman students and meet with our expert instructors to get a truly in-depth perspective on what it’s like to attend Sherman. In fact, you’ll even spend time with our president, Dr. Edwin Cordero, during the Welcome Session and weekend wrap-up!

By the end of the two-day event, you will have a better understanding of chiropractic as a potential career and how it offers a safe, natural, and non-invasive healthcare option for patients.

Discover How Sherman Prepares You for Your Future Chiropractic Career

During Sherman Showcase Weekend, you’ll be introduced to our unique learning environment that combines theoretical training as well as hands-on, practical learning.

For example, you’ll soon discover our commitment to creating the leaders of tomorrow during our Leadership in Chiropractic Experiences session, which helps prepare you to be a confident and effective leader through team building, planning, and decision making exercises.

You’ll also get the chance to discover the many resources we offer students—from our multimedia center to our chiropractic library and more. You might even get the chance to learn about our cutting-edge chiropractic research. This is because at Sherman College, our goal is to help you go above and beyond in order to become the best doctor of chiropractic possible.

Discover Sherman’s Friendly Campus Environment During Showcase Sherman

Throughout Sherman Showcase Weekend, you’ll also discover how friendly Sherman students and staff are. Student Ambassadors will be there to guide you through your campus tour, which includes our classroom, student center, research and x-ray facilities, and even our on-site chiropractic clinic. You’ll also be introduced to clubs where you can meet new people and explore new interests once you begin your studies at Sherman.

Meet Sherman’s friendly student body during the Sherman Showcase Weekend

In order to help you make arrangements for accommodation during your future chiropractic education at Sherman College, our helpful Ambassadors will also provide a tour of area apartment complexes—which will help you prepare for a smooth transition into graduate school life. Our ambassadors will also be more than happy to answer your questions and share their experiences with you so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not chiropractic is the profession for you.

Interested in attending? For new students and transfer students, the deadline to apply to the next Showcase Sherman—which takes place on July 22 and 23, 2016—is coming up fast. Sign up by May 30th to reserve your spot.

Are you ready to start your chiropractic career?

Discover your life-changing opportunity during the upcoming Showcase Sherman Weekend.

3 Resources to Use at Your Chiropractic College’s Library

The chiropractic college library is a tremendous source of support for students as they progress through their educational journeys. It is a gateway to world-renowned research in the health sciences, a provider of hands-on learning tools, and a haven for quiet study. The library should feel like a home away from home, where materials and personal assistance are readily available, and students feel comfortable exploring and leveraging every resource at hand.

Discover how Sherman College has achieved these objectives, and so much more, through the Tom and Mae Bahan library and online catalog. Accessible on campus and online, the library is dedicated to fostering student confidence, academic success, and career readiness.

Here are just three of the many resources you’ll find at the library when you stop by for a visit, whether in person or online.

1. Visual Resources & Interactive Tools for Learning Anatomy

Research shows that about 65 percent of humans are visual learners, and that we process visuals about 60,000 times faster than text. This means we absorb and understand new, challenging material best when it’s illustrated in images like graphs, charts, pictures and videos. And students at chiropractic college definitely have their hands full with new, challenging material!

Take the study of anatomy, for example, which requires students to identify and understand each of the body’s structures, systems, organs, bones, etc. When you consider that the human body contains more than 200 bones, it seems likely that students will need some strategies for remembering these—and many other—details!

Why not take advantage of the Sherman library’s online visual tools for learning anatomy?

Visual learning programs walk students through the complexities of human anatomy

Anatomy.tv offers a comprehensive online database of 3D anatomy images, movies and animations. And if you’re a tactile learner who understands by doing, we recommend Draw It to Know It, an interactive tool that guides students through neuroanatomy with drawing, quizzes and videos.

2. Thousands of Scientific Journals for Your Chiropractic Research Projects

During the course of their chiropractic education, students complete projects that require access to cutting-edge, peer-edited research. The Sherman library maintains subscriptions to nearly every major chiropractic periodical currently in publication, as well as a number of current resources related to the health sciences.

Students can access these collections for free and online, for convenient off-campus study. Our resources include:

  • BioMed Central: offering full text articles in the fields of science, technology, and medicine
  • EBSCOhost: full text journals covering alternative medicine, health, chiropractic and more
  • MANTIS: the world’s largest chiropractic, osteopathic and related research database
  • Index to Chiropractic Literature: bibliographic records for peer-reviewed literature produced by chiropractic publishers
  • DISCUS (Digital Information for South Carolina Users): 50 databases and resources, including Consumer Health Complete,
  • MEDLINE, Health Source, and Small Business Reference Center

Students are also welcome to explore Sherman’s extensive, special collection of “Green Books,” which chronicle the history and philosophy of chiropractic, as developed by B.J. Palmer. Many of these are rare first editions!

3. Expert Assistance & Study Rooms for Chiropractic College Students

Not sure how to use the research databases, having trouble locating a full text article, or uncertain of how to construct a bibliography? Just ask the experts at Sherman’s Tom and Mae Bahan Library.

The Learning Resource Center staff is dedicated to helping your information search go as smoothly as possible. Assistance is readily available from:

  • 7:30 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm, Monday through Thursday
  • 7:30 am to 4 pm on Friday
  • Noon to 6 pm on Saturday

If you’d like a quiet place to study or collaborate on a group project, the library provides six small rooms and one large meeting area. There is also space dedicated to Sherman’s collection of bones and anatomical models, which students are free to examine at any time.

Expert library staff help students access and utilize learning resources

Whether you need help learning course material, completing a research project, or want practical information about launching your chiropractic career—the Sherman library is ready to welcome you.

Find us online or drop by for a visit!

Starting Your Chiropractor Training? Here’s the Story Behind Sherman College of Chiropractic

There are few more rewarding and fulfilling professions to pursue than chiropractic. In little more than a century, chiropractic has developed into a highly advanced science and art that has helped countless people achieve optimal health and body function through a natural, preventative approach to health care.

Chiropractors identify and correct subluxated (misaligned) vertebrae to regain the proper transmission of nerve impulses through the spine and support the body’s innate striving to maintain its own health. Becoming one of the fully trained professionals that deliver this important patient care requires a comprehensive education in human biology, anatomy and physiology, clinical techniques and processes, chiropractic philosophy, business management and much more.

“The decision to attend chiropractic college can be life-changing,” affirms Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. Providing this education to the next generation of chiropractors is an immense responsibility and one for which Sherman College is uniquely qualified.

Read on to learn about the fascinating story behind one of the pre-eminent chiropractic schools in the world.

Learn Dr. Sherman’s Innovations in Chiropractic Science

Daniel David Palmer’s initial discovery of the relationship between the body’s vital forces, nerve system, vertebrae and expression of health has become legendary. After successfully performing the world’s first adjustment in 1895, D.D. Palmer’s research and realizations laid the foundation of chiropractic science. It was his son, B.J. Palmer, who really transformed the profession into a well developed science and art, introducing numerous ingenious innovations and developing objective processes for locating, analyzing and correcting vertebral subluxations.

Chiropractic students continue the research initiated by the profession’s founders

Besides publishing extensively, he created the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Research Clinic where Dr. Lyle Sherman became his assistant director. Dr. Sherman first became interested in the profession after chiropractic had a positive impact on his wife’s health, inspiring him to study and eventually teach chiropractic. His aptitude for engineering allowed him to develop many important chiropractic instruments and equipment in the clinic that are still in use today.

Dr. Sherman provided significant research contributions and was a sought-after speaker at national and even international chiropractic conventions. Although his pioneering expertise was recognized by his many awards and appointment to state and national offices, perhaps his most enduring honor is the college of chiropractic that bears his name.

The Founding of Sherman College of Chiropractic

Dr. Sherman’s desire to enter full-time practice and be near mountains and beaches prompted him to move to Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1954, which attracted both patients and chiropractors from all over. Thomas A. Gelardi, D.C., was one such chiropractor who wanted to be near the expertise of Dr. Sherman. When Dr. Gelardi founded a college to promote and preserve the philosophy of chiropractic in 1973, he named it in his mentor’s honor.

With the help of an advisory board that included some of the world’s most knowledgeable and respected chiropractors, Dr. Gelardi fulfilled his dream of creating an academically and intellectually stimulating environment that remained true to the profession’s goals and objectives. The private, non-profit institution was the first chiropractic school established in the Southeastern United States. It occupied two temporary facilities before building at its current 80-acre campus on Springfield Road.

Sherman College has a beautiful 80-acre campus

More than 3,000 alumni have since graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic, and the school has expanded to include multiple buildings, an outdoor low ropes course and a Chiropractic Health Center, which provides more than 30,000 patient visits each year. With its distinguished faculty and international network of respected doctors of chiropractic, Sherman College continues to explore, advance, teach and share the natural health benefits of chiropractic for the ultimate good of humanity.

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Give Your Chiropractic Career a Boost With Seminars and Workshops

As you start your chiropractic training, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of many fascinating topics. You’ll develop your communication skills in Sherman’s patient education course, learn the ins and outs of practice management through our Practice Success Program, and develop hands-on skills in technique classes and then in our on-site chiropractic clinic; you’ll also learn the science behind the chiropractic profession, from neuroanatomy to biochemistry. At Sherman College, you will gain the theoretical knowledge, the philosophy and the practical skill sets you’ll need to start your chiropractic career.

The fact that you never truly stop learning makes chiropractic a truly rewarding career path. In addition to learning from your patients as you help them lead healthy and happy lives, professional development will play an important role in your continued career success. Here’s a look at how attending seminars, workshops, and conferences can help you give your chiropractic career a boost long after you’ve graduated.

Why Seminars and Workshops are Important to Your Chiropractic Career

Chiropractic is a fascinatingly dynamic profession, and new research and patient education approaches ensure that this field will continue its evolution. Attending industry-related seminars, workshops and conferences will help you stay on the cutting edge of the profession, and will ensure you go above and beyond during your chiropractic career. This additional training might enable you to learn new techniques or hone your current skills to provide the best possible care for your patients. Seminars and workshops may address emerging legal requirements, supporting resources, the philosophy behind the profession, the particulars of a specific chiropractic technique, or communication techniques for successful healthcare professionals.

In addition to the educational benefits you’ll receive, professional development offers another key advantage: it’s a terrific opportunity to network. After all, if you are interested in meeting other chiropractors who are committed to helping patients attain their optimal wellbeing, you’ll likely find them at a professional development event. You could meet a potential mentor or—as you gain experience during your chiropractic career—you might even find unexpected opportunities to apply your knowledge for the benefit of patients and the community, and one day become a mentor yourself.

Professional development events are an excellent opportunity to network

Upcoming Chiropractic Training Workshops, Conferences, and Seminars

There’s no shortage of ways to sharpen your chiropractic training. Whether you’d like to enhance your clinical care with specific techniques or simply lower the overhead costs at your practice, there’s a good chance that you can find an upcoming professional development event that suits your needs. For instance, you might be interested in learning more about team-driven practice, or attend an advanced technique seminar.

Some events will be hosted by Sherman College, while others happen all across the country

You’ll also be happy to know that professional development events are hosted across the country, so it’s likely you’ll discover events close to your future practice. Consult Sherman College’s list of upcoming professional development events to find out which ones are headed your way.

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