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
or the Facebook fan page at


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 or call 800-849-8771.


more information, please contact:

of Public Relations
College of Chiropractic
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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


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 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

Meet Brian!

BrianLeary_webHi, I’m Brian Leary. I am a graduate of Methodist University, where I played football and earned a degree in Exercise Science. I have been interested and involved in sports all of my life.

After graduating from Methodist, reality slapped me in the face and I realized I had to make a decision as to what career path to choose. I spent the fall of 2010 coaching football at my old high school, and taking the necessary classes to peruse a DPT degree (Doctorate of Physical Therapy).

I attended a career fair that was being held at the college where I was taking the two classes, where I met Melody Sabin at the Sherman College tent. This inspired to check out Sherman. It was a quick process in applying, getting accepted, and then moving down here; but I haven't looked back since.

I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to become a chiropractor, and more specifically to gain knowledge and experience here at Sherman.


Unity in chiropractic

I'm back home with my family today as I write this blog post today. I am sitting in my living room looking at a neighborhood just waking to a Friday morning. I just got my kids off to school and my wife off to work, and now I'm watching the sun light up the west side of the street and people beginning their day. As I'm looking at all these houses I'm wondering how many of these people will think about going to a chiropractor today. I'd guess that the number is pretty slim. Sure, some of my immediate neighbors are aware of chiropractic because of me, but of the 60-70 homes in my neighborhood, I'd bet that there might be 2 or 3 families that see a chiropractor with any kind of regularity.

How can I change this? I think this is a question that every one of us faces as we go into practice. What can I do differently than the chiropractors that are already here to help people to understand what chiropractic really is, and how it is going to help thier family. Certainly by being the best chiropractor I can be, I will have a successful practice, but I want more than that.

I want to raise awareness in people that chiropractic can save lives, not just relieve pain. I want there to be such a demand for chiropractic that my neighborhood alone could sustain my practice, and the next neighborhood over can sustain another chiropractor in his. Our services are so greatly needed among all those people that I'm watching wake up and start their day this morning, but it's going to take a joint effort among all of us to get this idea of wellness care to the world. I can't change things alone. It is going to take an army of chiropractors going to the world to tell it that choropractic is about healing lives, not just rehabilitation after low-back injury, to get chiropractic into main stream thinking. 


Which Quarter is the Hardest?! ….

We all knew that coming to chiropractic school was not going to be a walk in the park. It was going to be hard, but what a lot of people did not realize is that the first quarter you need to get in, pull up the sleeves, and get ready to work. But the question that always arises is what quarter is the HARDEST?! I still remember my first quarter here when everyone of the upper quarter students were going out of their way to be nice, giving you bits of information that would help you along your way. Let me tell you, when you are new at something and an “experienced” person is giving you words of advice you are going to take it and hold onto it dearly. Yet, how much of what they are saying is true?

It seems that whatever quarter they were in at the time that was the hardest quarter! While others tell you that all the odd quarters are hard. But also, some seem to believe that all the even quarters are hard. Yet, if you talk to students just about getting into the clinic they believe that they finally seen the “light”! The funny thing is once you talk to someone who is actually in the clinic it is the complete opposite.

 Everyone is going to have a quarter which they believe is the hardest for their own reason (whether it is the content of the material, or other issues that occur in everyday life). Therefore, after 5 quarters here I finally understand which of the quarters is the HARDEST. They all have a challenging aspect to them being you are going to be a doctor. Yet, if you know that coming in you will accept the challenge and realize that it is a process that is put forth to only make you better and to allow you to become the best chiropractor possible in order to serve your community.


Why am I here?

Sometimes we get a little lost in the day to day activities of life at chiropractic school and we forget about this very important question. Why am I here at Sherman College? For some this question may be a little difficult to answer, but for me it is one of the questions that I most enjoy contemplating, and is very easy to answer. When I do answer this question for myself, it also reenergizes me and motivates me to do better at what I am doing.

For me there are several answers to this question. The first one is that I am doing this for my family. I am blessed to have a beautiful wife and two beautiful little girls who depend on me to take care of them. I don't want to just take care of them to the point that we "get by" and there's always food on the table. I want to offer them a life where we can go on vacation as a family, and really enjoy the time that we spend together. I also want to be able to do this without spending all of my time working overtime in a job and being away from my family all the time in order to provide for them. I also want to be an example to my girls of a man who cares enough about his family to work hard for them so that they can know what to look for when they get older.

Some might criticize me because they feel like my first motivation should be care of patients, but while this is important to me and it is what makes me enjoy my profession, my first priority is to care for my family. I also have other interests which are of a more selfish nature, but I'm not ashamed to admit that I want to be able to spend more of my time hunting, fishing and playing with my kids, and by being here all of these things are going to be within reach when I finish schooling here.











What a Helping Hand Can Do

What is it about people that allow them to go out of their way to help others? Is it something that is inborn that causes them to be nice? Was it the way they were raised or more so genetics or better yet the environment in which they live?

 When someone goes out of their way to be nice it tends to make others feel good that they have someone to rely on. That is honestly what I love about Sherman College! There are so many people who will do whatever it takes in order to help you succeed. Do not get me wrong, I understand that a lot of schools are like that and want to see their students succeed, but the question that arises to what degree? If you ask me, it seems that EVERYONE at Sherman goes above and beyond what a typical student would expect when entering a school especially a doctorate school.

 What is it about Sherman that makes everyone want to go the extra mile? Is it because we all understand that we are enrolling in a school to eventually become a Doctor of Chiropractic? That everyone has the same goal, to graduate and be the best in order to help people. And if helping people is the overall end goal, why would someone NOT want to help or give a lending hand. A simple gesture can really be the difference to someone and just may be the factor that changes their life. That is just one advantage of attending Sherman College of Chiropractic!


Up and Down

What is life without ups and downs? We are always going to have some of both, no matter how hard we work to control what life throws at us. Lately, I've had a few blog posts that came out at some of those dowm moments, but even when there are a lot of those, there are also up times that come in between. It's important to know that they will come, and be prepared for when those down times do return, but the good times are almost always as frequent as the bad, but can be harder to see and acknowledge. We can't ever control every aspect of our lives, but we can focus on the things that we can control and allow those things to influence what we can't. Right now I am in chiropractic school and as demanding and stressful as it can be, this course that I am on is going to be hugely beneficial to my family, and literally thousands of people that I have not yet met. What's more exciting than that? Even though it's very hard on my family for me to be away as much as I am, they are very supportive of all that I am doing here, and though they have their tough moments just like I do, they are just as sure as I am that this will all be for our benefit, and they are going to tough out these next 2.5 years. It is not going to be an easy road, and there will be struggles along the way, but there is not a better place that I can be right now, than right here at Sherman College, and becoming the best person that I can.


You Are What You Eat…

Have you ever heard the saying, “You are what you eat”? What exactly does that mean? Better yet what should you eat? Being a Chiropractic student, you learn that there are three things that cause a subluxation, thoughts, toxins, and traumas. Therefore, what we put into our body can actually harm us and our overall being.

What is the perfect/right diet? You hear so many different things about what is good for you and what is bad for you, and what you body can and cannot handle. How do you combine it into one overall big picture of what you should and should not eat? Also, is it good to completely eliminate bad things from your diet or is everything in moderation a better way?

With so many different trends in today’s society what is the “right” or “best” one? Should people be concerned with what they are putting into their body? What is considered “healthy eating habits"? ….What do you think??