Halloween is here

Today is my second Halloween on campus and it is a fun day to be around. You never know who you might run into. As I was sitting here starting to write this post in the admissions office Death came walking through the front door, past my desk and into the halls. I've also encountered an overweight plumber, Princess Fiona, Joe Dirt and the bearded lady today. Along with the costumes on campus, it is midterms week again and Hurricane Sandy brought in some winter-like weather for the last few days. The last few nights have dropped into the thirties, making sleep easier to enjoy at night, though it does make it a little harder to get up early in the morning to head for the gym. However, campus is in full fall colors and the holidays are about to get under way which means more time with my family and less time spent in school which is always a good thing.


The Power to Choose

"The most important of life's battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the soul."

-David O. McKay

This quote has been my favorite now for several years, and lately I have done some reflecting on how many different ways that this message can be applied to me. Every morning we wake up and we have a day full of decisions to make. Some are more important than others, and some that may seem minor may have very long reaching effects, and so it is vital that we weigh our decisions carefully and choose a course of action that will give us the best end result. Each and every day we have the amazing opportunity choose who we are going to be and if we choose, we can permanently, or temporarily, alter who we are for the worse or the better.

As a student here at Sherman College I have the opportunity every morning to choose how hard I am going to work today and to be the best student I can be or not to be, and that decision has far reaching effects when it comes to my mid-term or final exams, then boards, and eventually my ability to practice.

There are many things that go on inside my head that try to pull me in a direction that I know is not the best direction for me to go, but there is also a surety that I know what I need to do, and how to do it, and the promises for doing the hard things now far outweighs the short-term satisfaction of the here and now. I also know that by making the right choices today and tomorrow it makes it easier to continue to make the right choices as different challenges present themselves long after I am done here.


Sherman is Growing

In the summer of 2011, I showed up here at Sherman for my first day of class with another thirteen people for a class of fourteen. At that time I was told that my class size was somewhat average, and I would agree as I watch a new class go into clinic each quarter at bagelfest.

When I arrived the school had a student body that was right around 200. Since I arrived, every class has gotten larger than mine. The class behind me was over twenty, then we had 2 classes over thirty, and the newest class is a class of forty-two. With smaller graduating classes and larger classes enrolling, the student body right now is at 240 students. This is of course good for the school, and may translate to good things for current and future students as well.

I don't think the school will get big enough to lose the personal attention that each student is able to receive, but if classes of this size continue to enroll, the school may have no choice but to expand some of its facilities like the health center, and with growing size we may begin to see more extracurricular activities for students as well. As these opportunities expand, the school will become more attractive to incoming students, and will continue to grow.


Never Stop Learning…

While in school we learn so much good information, how do you have time to do everything? And if you are not going to do everything, how do you choose what to use? That is one thing I have to say about Sherman, is that they teach you everything that they know in order to give you all the “tools” you may ever need.

1011121234One class in particular is on my mind, and that is Ortho-Neuro. In this class we learn all sorts of different tests in order to help us figure out what exactly what is going on with the particular patient. I do have to say at first it is daunting, knowing all the information we have to learn and be able to apply for our practicals (with a time limit!!). The best part about the class is not only do we get the opportunity to learn about why we are doing each specific test, we also get the time to practice in class and allow the teacher to let you know if you are doing something wrong. Which if you ask me, knowing information and being able to properly test someone is two completely different things. You may be a master at the information, but if you cannot perform the test you are going to get false information and may lead you down the wrong path.

 I was a bit scared about having so many classes this quarter that you have to do practicals, yet after spending some time in the class and getting time to practice it got me more excited being this is what I am going to be doing for the rest of my life!



Restaurant discount for students.

Just thought I'd take a few minutes and a few lines to let blog readers here in Spartanburg and especially here at Sherman know about a new restaurant in town and the discount available to students. I happen to work there a few nights a week to, so if the place gets a little busier, I will make a little more income as well. The restaurant is Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse and it is on Blackstock Road south of the mall next to Red Lobster. It is all you can eat steak (including filet minon, ribeye and lamb), and Monday through Wednesday is 25% off with a student ID and Thursday is 50% off with student ID. Wednesdays are also ladies night, so it is 50% off for ladies. The food and the service are both terrific, and it's not typically over crowded. One other tip, don't leave without trying the grilled pineappple.



Here we are back again to start another new quarter. It's number six for me now and it is strange and exciting to think that I am almost at the half way point here at Sherman. The summer quarter is over and mother nature is making sure that we are clear on that. I went from shorts, flip-flops and t-shirts to jeans and a sweatshirt as the second week of the fall quarter began. Of course, coming from more northern climates, it just feels good to me. The holidays and treacherous travel are now just around the corner, along with hot chocolate and thicker blankets. Change is a constant in life and the changing seasons are a reminder to us that we can never get too comfortable with the way things are because usually sooner rather than later life is going to take a turn and we need to be ready to turn with it.


Officially Lived to Tell the Tale!

OK, I am a truth-teller. You all should know that by now. So, here’s the truth about the CCX Challenge – I survived!


🙂 OK, that’s not me in the image jumping into oblivion (of course it’s a drawing) …but I did climb, all the way up 25 feet to the top! And then I, who am not afraid of heights, took a look around and said wisely to myself…

          “Uhm, this is a little high!” 
          And then I said, “You guys got me? Can I jump from here?”
          PAUSE AGAIN.
          And then I said, “I think I’m gonna cry (quietly).”
          And then I said, “I’m gonna climb down now (quietly).”

🙂 You know, it’s ok! 

I did go up to the top of that pole and recognize that I had no need, no burning desire, to jump. Jumping was suddenly not such a wise idea. For me it was enough to climb. I kinda have a very strong survival sense which has kept me out of trouble throughout my whole life. Honestly, I have always learned my lessons early and quickly. On that day, I knew I didn’t have to prove myself to myself. And that’s a good thing to be aware of.

As to all the other team members (new interns), most performed exceptionally well in the pole challenge. But not everyone went up. And you know… that’s ok! Perhaps the best part was that there was no negativity or shaming of those who chose not to climb or climb and jump. There was only encouragement with virtually 100% cooperation and positive attitudes in all the team building games. Team members consulted each other on problem solving, were willing to help those who needed help and stepped up with their fullest potential. 

As I look back on the experience, I believe that you couldn’t find a better group of interns to be entering the clinic. I can rightly say everyone proved themselves worthy of the tasks ahead of them. And that’s an awesome thing to see manifest! 



P.S.  The weather warmed quickly and the sky cleared… it turned out to be a beautiful fall day after all. 🙂


Autumn is in the Air… Or is that a chill?


October 2nd! And a chill is in the air this morning :). It sure feels like a school day when I was a kid. It’s dark outside and all the indoor creatures (human and furry) are quiet and snuggly. Outside, nature is busy packing nutrients way down deep into the roots and tubers of trees and smaller plants for the oncoming winter.

On Sherman campus there are lots of things happening this month.

Today, all the newest interns are getting ready for CCX – the outdoor “Clinic Challenge” of team building and spirit elevating, yours truly included. :)  I’m kinda considering what to pack this morning as it is starting out chilly and who knows what the temperature will become during the day. I’ve had lots of experience with daily temperature ranges in New England but …I feel kinda silly starting out with my heavyweight clothes in South Carolina. However, wisdom says to be prepared! Nothing worse than cold, wet feet and noses.

New first quarter students began their orientation yesterday. They’re probably wondering where everyone else is. Second quarter and above begin today. New interns, like I said, will be outside today.

October also sees the return of Sherman’s awesome IRAPS Conference – The International Research and Philosophy Symposium which promises to be quite exciting! 

And something new for this October – The Sherman Wellness Fair !  Oooh  ya… and we will be also having a “Trunk or Treat Halloween” experience 🙂 for the kiddies of the area!

I have a feeling there’s much more going on…. But I better run and get my wooly socks on! I’ll let you know how it all goes….


Rugby Returns to Sherman College

September 17, 2012

Returns to Sherman College of Chiropractic

TN-7-CM-tackleIn a quote often attributed to Winston
Churchill, rugby is described as “a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen.” This
fast-paced sport, well known for both its physical and social aspects, has
returned to Sherman after a 26-year hiatus, thanks to the initiative of coach
Adam Ashcraft, a former rugger and Sherman’s director of continuing education.

The team’s first home match will be Saturday,
September 22, at 2 p.m. at Pride Park on the Sherman campus (2020 Springfield
Road in Spartanburg) against seasoned competitors The Columbia Olde Grey. The
Sherman College Rugby Football Club is part of the Palmetto Union of men’s
teams and will play three seasons: fall, spring and summer. The club has six
scheduled matches in the fall season and looks forward to the support of the
Spartanburg and Sherman College communities; Ashcraft believes fans will enjoy
watching the physical nature and the constant action of the sport.

He is enthusiastic about the club’s first
season.  “While The Sherman Pride may
lack the experience that many of our opponents have, we are training hard and
expect an exciting season,” Ashcraft says. “Most of our players have never
played rugby before, but all of them have latched on to the philosophy and
passion of the game, and we can’t wait to take the pitch.”

After proposing the resurgence of Sherman rugby
to Sherman President Jon Schwartzbauer, D.C., and the board of trustees earlier
this year, Ashcraft officially started the program back up in March with much excitement
from the college community and 100 percent administrative approval. The team
has been practicing all summer.

“It’s more than a game, much more,”
Ashcraft says of the camaraderie and the fraternal aspect of the sport. “I
wanted to bring that community back to Sherman. It’s a philosophy of enjoying
life to its fullest. When you go to a rugby match, people are laughing, smiling
and really enjoying themselves, including and especially the players on the pitch.”

Ashcraft_Adam-webAshcraft knows this from experience,
having played rugby for 15 years, beginning as a high school senior in 1982 in
Alexandria, VA, then moving on to college play at the University of Nevada Las
Vegas (where he served as captain) and Florida State University. He later
played with teams in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Atlanta and Richmond, as well as nine
years in Knoxville, TN, finally ending his career as a player in 1996. He is
certified as a level 200 coach through USA Rugby.

chiropractor and Sherman faculty member Dr. Kevin Power is also an integral
part of the resurgence of Rugby at Sherman, having played fullback on the
college’s original team in 1978 and now serving as backs coach.

While he
acknowledges the challenge of molding a team that includes many inexperienced
players, Power says it’s a task he knows will pay off. “I am immensely proud of
our young men and the effort, energy and enthusiasm that they are bringing to
the game,” he says. “I believe this team will be a great rallying point for the
campus community and that they will be tremendous representatives of Sherman
College as we travel to compete against other teams.”

Admission to the game is free;
refreshments and Sherman rugby t-shirts will be available for purchase. Local
companies sponsoring The Pride include Southeast Sports Chiropractic (the
official Sherman Rugby Team chiropractors), RJ Rockers and Nu-Way Lounge and

For a schedule and more information about
Sherman Rugby, go to www.sherman.edu/rugby
or the Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/Sherman.Rugby.


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


more information, please contact:

of Public Relations
College of Chiropractic
800-849-8771, ext. 242

Sherman College to Research Correlation between Chiropractic Care and Reduction in Seizure Activity

August 28, 2012

Sherman College to Research Correlation between Chiropractic Care and Reduction in Seizure Activity;
Patients Being Accepted

Van-dyke-jasenJasen Van Dyke has seen first-hand the positive effects of chiropractic care on epileptic patients; after beginning chiropractic care, his young daughter, Lilli, experienced a dramatic reduction of seizures, and her quality of life continues to improve under regular care.

In fact, after sharing Lilli’s story with other parents, Van Dyke eventually decided to leave a successful career and enroll in Sherman College’s doctor of chiropractic program.
Now less than a year away from graduation, he intends to take his personal observations with his daughter’s case a step further by piloting a research project studying the correlation between chiropractic care and seizure activity, autonomic nerve function, and quality of life.

“Having a daughter with epilepsy,” Van Dyke says, “I know that I want to open a family practice with an emphasis on special needs. All bodies function best without nerve interference, including those with special needs. I want to give hope to parents with no hope,” he says, thinking back to the days when he and his wife, Jennifer, were searching for an answer that would help their own child.
Before getting started in practice, though, he’s working on a research project (guided by his advisor, Sherman College’s Assistant Director of Research, Dr. John Hart) studying chiropractic’s effects on seizure activity and the function of the autonomic nervous system.

Van Dyke has found several case studies that indicate improvement in autonomic function of patients with cerebral palsy (like his daughter, Lilli) who received chiropractic care to remove vertebral subluxations, which are misalignments of the bones of the spine. He’s also studied research that shows a correlation between the correction of subluxations and positive effects on the autonomic nervous system.
But, he says, autonomic nervous system involvement in patients with epilepsy has rarely been studied and has shown conflicting results.

“I’m proposing that the correlation between chiropractic care and the reported resultant decrease in seizure activity is due to the improvement or regulation of autonomic function upon removal of subluxations,” Van Dyke explains.

Patients Being Accepted

Up to 30 patients of any age with a history of epilepsy will be accepted for the study. The group will be randomized into an intervention group and a placebo group. The intervention group will receive chiropractic care to remove subluxations. Both groups will undergo standard Sherman College protocols to locate and analyze vertebral subluxation(s); x-rays will be used to help assess listings if deemed clinically necessary.

The medically diagnosed causation for patients’ epilepsy will be documented, but causation alone will not play a role in determining eligibility for study participation.
The intervention group will receive free chiropractic care at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center for the duration of the study, and the placebo group will receive free chiropractic care at the Health Center for a time equivalent to the study duration.
After consulting with a pediatric neurologist of Greenville Hospital System, Van Dyke has determined that heart rate variability (HRV) will be used to assess the function of the autonomic nervous system. Autonomic assessment will also include thermal pattern analysis (TPA) findings.

Patients will be asked to complete health/wellness surveys and keep a seizure log to assess frequency, duration, and severity of seizure activity throughout the plan of care and the study, which should last approximately two to three months.
For information about participating in the study, please contact Jasen Van Dyke at the Sherman College Health Center, 864-578-8777, or e-mail jtvandyke@shermancollege.net.


Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as primary health care professionals who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful.

On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.
For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
E-mail: krhodes@sherman.edu
Web: www.sherman.edu