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Chiropractic Profession a Top Job for Those Looking to Change the World

A high sense of meaning and better than median payscale makes chiropractic a top job

A high sense of meaning and better than median payscale makes chiropractic a top job

Payscale has placed the chiropractic profession at number seven in an article it recently released titled “Best Jobs for Do-Gooders.” The organization reports that 94 percent of chiropractors report a high sense of job meaning, and they earn more than the median salary for U.S. workers. PayScale analyzed thousands of job titles to identify the best jobs for do-gooders. People in the top 10 professions named were most likely to say that their jobs “make the world a better place.”

Chiropractic is a rewarding career choice that allows graduates to serve their communities and make a positive impact in people’s lives. Chiropractors take a natural, preventative approach to health care, without the invasive use of drugs or surgery, helping patients enjoy a greater potential for health and optimal human performance.

MarketWatch, Fast Company, Forbes, Career Cast and other organizations repeatedly name chiropractic as a top job. Aside from the personal satisfaction of helping people, a chiropractic career is in demand; the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the employment of chiropractors is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022.

Because chiropractors emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyles, chiropractic care is appealing to many health-conscious Americans. Projected job growth for the chiropractic profession stems from increasing consumer demand for a more natural approach to health care.

Sherman College: A Leader in Chiropractic Education

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. The college prepares students to become doctors of chiropractic who are compassionate, ethical and successful.

Sherman College offers a friendly environment, individual attention and mentoring, expert faculty, hands-on instruction and a balanced curriculum that offers the knowledge students need in basic science, chiropractic technique and philosophy, and practice management. Students in the final stage of the program complete a clinical internship coordinated by licensed doctors of chiropractic, which allows them to practice chiropractic under the close supervision and constant consultation of our faculty experts.

 

Bill Decken, D.C., Receives Distinguished Service Award from Sherman College of Chiropractic

Dr. Bill Decken

Dr. Bill Decken

Chiropractor Bill Decken, D.C., has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC. This award is given to Sherman graduates who have distinguished themselves with service to the community, the profession, and Sherman College.

“When you think about chiropractic philosophy and its present champions, chances are you’re going to think about Dr. Bill Decken, and for good reason,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. “In addition to serving as Philosophy Department Chair and teaching countless chiropractic students in his philosophy classes, Dr. Decken developed and has been leading the college’s prestigious Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers [ACP] program,” he shared. Dr. Decken has played a key role in the ACP program’s expansion across the U.S. and worldwide – including recently completed courses in Chicago, Omaha, Australia and Sweden; next the program will travel to Rhode Island and Europe.

Dr. Decken is a 1986 honor graduate of Sherman College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Marist College (1979) and a Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers distinction from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He joined the Sherman College faculty in 1987 and is a professor of clinical sciences, teaching courses in philosophy, subluxation theory, and communication.

Dr. Decken is active in the profession, particularly through the ACP program, which benefits those in the profession who seek a greater understanding of chiropractic principles and their application in practice. He served seven years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations, an office he held until December 2014. He often speaks on philosophy at chiropractic seminars.

Dr. Decken practices at Family Straight Chiropractic, which he established and has owned for 28 years, seeing patients from newborn to age 90. He attends Bethel Assembly of God, where he is treasurer, and enjoys bicycling and the outdoors. He and his wife, Grace, have four girls and one granddaughter.

Sherman College named its 2015 award recipients April 30-May 2 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors 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.


For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
krhodes@sherman.edu

Pivotal Moments in Chiropractic History: The Palmer Legacy

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A Sherman College of Chiropractic instructor works one-on-one with a D.C.-in-training

While many of its foundational, vitalistic principles date back to ancient Greece and Egypt, the birth of chiropractic took place relatively recently at the end of the 19th century.

For much of its history – especially early on – chiropractic was officially founded and evolved with the help of two pioneering professionals: Daniel David Palmer and Bartlett Joshua Palmer. This father-son team played a pivotal role in the development of chiropractic theory and practice, contributing enormously to its current status as a widely recognized, increasingly valued approach to natural healthcare.

The Birth of Chiropractic

The birth of chiropractic can be traced back to one particularly significant day in 1895. On September 18, Harvey Lillard – the janitor for the building where Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer worked as a magnetic healer – was describing the day he lost his hearing 17 years earlier. He told Palmer that while he was bent over in a cramped space, he suddenly felt his neck “pop.” And not long after, he said, his hearing completely disappeared.

Convinced that the two events were linked, D.D. Palmer asked if he could examine Harvey Lillard’s spine. He noticed a bump on the back of Lillard’s neck, and after moving it back toward normal alignment, Lillard’s hearing was immediately restored.

This moment sparked D.D. Palmer’s lifelong passion for chiropractic.

The Philosophy of Chiropractic

After adjusting Harvey Lillard in 1895, D.D. Palmer became fascinated with the role the spine plays in the overall function and health of the body. He began performing more and more adjustments, and uncovering evidence that the nervous system, particularly the alignment of the bones of the spine, affects the body’s ability to recover from illness.

D.D. Palmer believed that the body possesses an innate intelligence, which the ancient Greeks referred to as “vital force.” This innate intelligence, he theorized, depended in part on a healthy functioning nervous system which could become interrupted by misalignments in the spine called subluxations. By adjusting the subluxation, Palmer was able to help the body recover its inherent ability to remain healthy and ward off illness. This discovery by D.D. Palmer led to one of the founding principles of chiropractic education and practice – that effective chiropractic adjustments help the body restore its inborn capacity to heal itself.

The First School of Chiropractic

D.D. Palmer founded the Palmer School and Cure in 1887. This first chiropractic college produced a small but notable graduating class of highly skilled professionals. Among them was another important figure in chiropractic history: B. J. Palmer, Daniel David’s son.

B.J. Palmer Continues his Father’s Chiropractic Legacy

B.J. Palmer soon found that he shared his father’s passion for chiropractic. He graduated from the Palmer School and eventually replaced his father as head of the college in 1906. Under his leadership, the field of chiropractic continued to garner respect and attract new prospective practitioners. Enrollment at the Palmer School boomed to 1,000 students by the 1920s.

B.J. Palmer also believed in incorporating the latest technology into the field of chiropractic. He advocated for the use of X-rays in 1910 and temperature instrumentation in 1924 to improve diagnostic methods. And throughout his chiropractic career, B.J. pushed for the wider acceptance of chiropractic in the community at large, ultimately helping to establish the Universal Chiropractic Association.

Students embarking on their chiropractic careers today will discover that much of the education and foundational principles they learn was developed by this visionary father-son team. The Palmer legacy lives on in today’s leading chiropractic colleges all around the world.

Interested in learning more about studying to become a Doctor of Chiropractic? Visit Sherman College of Chiropractic to get started.

 

Brian Lieberman, D.C., Honored with Service to the Profession Award

Brian Lieberman, D.C.

Brian Lieberman, D.C.

Georgia doctor of chiropractic Brian Lieberman, D.C., recently received the Service to the Profession Award from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, in recognition of his contributions, time and commitment to the chiropractic profession, the public and the college. The Service to the Profession Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary, unselfish and noteworthy service to the chiropractic profession.

Dr. Lieberman is a 1997 graduate of Life University and was named Georgia Chiropractor of the Year in 2011. He established his thriving chiropractic practice in Rome, GA, immediately following graduation and sees more than 800 visits per week, mostly families.

Dr. Lieberman is currently on the board of The Georgia Chiropractic Council, an organization that helps govern the direction of the Chiropractic Profession. He is a supporter of Sherman College and of the Dynamic Essentials (DE) Movement, and he is a leader at both DE and Band of Brothers. He speaks internationally promoting principled chiropractic as well as mentoring young chiropractors and student doctors. He and his wife, Rachel, have two children, a daughter Bree, 14, and son, Blake, 12.

Sherman College named its 2015 award recipients April 30-May 2 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors 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.


For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
krhodes@sherman.edu

Get Philosophical with ACP

Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP)

New Classes for 2015-16

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Rhode Island ACP

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ACP Rhode Island
Register Here Online
July 2015 – August 2016
Information and dates here.  (pdf)
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ACP Europe

ACP Europe

ACP Europe
Frankfurt,  Florence,  Amsterdam, Barcelona,
and Sherman College

Register  here online
August 2015– July 2016
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Email dcordero@sherman.edu for more information or contact Director of Continuing Education Debbie Cordero , 864-578-8770 x 229

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Challenge your thinking process and apply the principles of philosophy in the chiropractic profession.  The Academy of Chiropractic Philosphers graduate program is designed for those seeking to deepen their understanding of chiropractic. The one-year course will challenge and inspire you to learn and think more than ever about chiropractic philosophy and its relationship to the above-down-inside-out world view.

The world has changed considerably in the past 100 years.

  • Study the validity of the 33 principles even with many developments in science and technology and examine them for relevance.
  • Re-visit the reasoning process and compare mechanistic and vitalistic thought.
  • Evaluate their relevance and application as you listen, question and synthesize current thinking in biology, chiropractic research, adaptability, ethics and professional identity in the practical application of chiropractic philosophy.

See below for some of the topics participants have researched.

Recent ACP Classes

ACP-Australia 2014

ACP Australia 2014

ACP Australia 2014

(l-r) Phil McMaster, Bill Decken, Cameron Staggard, Craig Foote, Stuart Shadwell, Bret Hansell, Paul Finn, Graham Dobson. Luke Stone, Andy Crozier, Brad Atkinson and Michael Troy.

The Australia ACP was held primarily in Sydney. Participants say that a common thread among the ACP groups is that they develop good friendships with the others in the group to be nurtured going forward.

Research Topics from ACP Australia

  1. The 33 Principles…A Patient Education Pathway from Philosophy to Wellness
  2. Chiropractic: Divergent Futures 2025
  3. An Exploration of the Universe, Biological Life and Chiropractic Through the Principles of Organization & Perspective
  4. Chiropractic Technique and Survival Values
  5. What is the Big Idea? Why Do Some People ‘Get It’ and Others Become Medipractors?
  6. Chiropractic Crossroads
  7. B.J.’s Utopia
  8. The Chiropractic Objective
  9. Medical Education vs Chiropractic Wisdom: How a Medically-Oriented Education Cannot Lead to Chiropractic Wisdom
  10. Vitalism, Particularly as It Relates to the Education and Practice of Chiropractic in Modern Times

ACP Sweden 2014

ACP Mentors and Graduates at IRAPS 2014

ACP Mentors and Graduates at IRAPS 2014

ACP Mentors and Graduates at IRAPS 2014: Ron Castellucci (m), Hakan Pilfalck (Sweden), Nicklas Wagner (Sweden), Caroline Lagerloff (Sweden), Mitzi Schwartzbauer (m), Jaime Pinillos (Spain), Frank Sandberg (Sweden), Damaris Lanjopoulos (Norway), Carsten Reinhardt (Germany), Judy Campanale (m), Danny Constable (Germany), Tobias Melin (Sweden), Jakob Petersen-Klingberg (Sweden), Thom Gelardi (guest), Andreas Soderstrom (Sweden), Richard Plummer (guest),  Joe Strauss (m), Wes Mullen, (m), Felicia Stewart (m), Bill Decken (m), Joe J Donofrio (m), Brian Dooley (m), Jack Vandervort (m), Terry Vandervort (m).

Research Topics from ACP-Sweden

  1. Philosophy as a Strategy for Chiropractic to Differentiate in a Commodity Market
  2. The Scientific Basis for the Chiropractor’s Role In Salutogenesis
  3. An Analysis of How the Chiropractic Adjustment Affects the Brain and Its Relation to the Chiropractic Normal Complete Cycle and Simple Cycle
  4. Is It Possible to Communicate Chiropractic Philosophy when Coming from an Allopathic Paradigm?
  5. The Development of my Practice in Congruency with the Straight Chiropractic Philosophy
  6. The “Chiropractic Lifestyle”: What is it? Does the Use of the Term Create Confusion in The Understanding Of Chiropractic?
  7. Therapeutic or Non-Therapeutic, That is the Question
  8. Is Chiropractic a Vitalistic Profession?
  9. Compare and Contrast Chiropractic and Medical Philosophy from a Metaphysical and Epistemological Perspective
  10. Science and Methodology in the Philosophy of Chiropractic: A Praxeological Approach

Dr. David and Pam Courtney Named Regents of the Year by Sherman College

Pam and David Courtney, D.C.

Pam and David Courtney, D.C.

Dr. David and Pam Courtney have been named Regents of the Year by Sherman College of Chiropractic. This award is presented in recognition of their 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.

The Courtneys have been a part of the Sherman Family for close to 40 years and Sherman Regents since 1981. They have supported the college as regents for so long that in 2013 they were given the Lifetime Regent distinction so that they will be permanent members and always welcome at Sherman’s special events.

Dr. David Courtney graduated from Sherman College in September 1979. Since 1980 he has been in private practice in a home office setting. He is also a Youth Soccer and a PIAA High School soccer referee. Mrs. Pam Courtney worked at Sherman while David was a student here. She served as a college counselor, the Director of Financial Aid, and as the Director of Career Advisement.

Married since 1975, the Courtneys work hand in hand in everything they do. They homeschooled their three sons and brought them to Lyceum every year as they were growing up. They now have two granddaughters and another grandchild on the way. The couple have attended every Lyceum since 1977 except for two and enjoy hearing the speakers, seeing friends, and being a part of the Sherman community.

Sherman College named its 2015 award recipients April 30-May 2 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors 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.


For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
krhodes@sherman.edu

Qualities Patients Look for When Choosing a Chiropractor

Qualities Patients Look for When Choosing a Chiropractor

With more and more patients interested in natural, holistic healthcare options, the demand for doctors of chiropractic is on the rise. Patients appreciate chiropractic’s non-invasive, preventative approach, and its capacity to enhance their overall wellbeing. Patients seek out D.C.s whose expertise they can trust, and with whom they can build a lasting rapport.

A good chiropractor has a warm approach, high-quality training, and a genuine passion for what he or she does. Successful chiropractors also have no shortage of patients!

Here are just some of the qualities D.C.s-to-be can cultivate to ensure a thriving and long-lived practice after graduation.

Successful Chiropractors Have Excellent Communication Skills

Chiropractors work closely with their patients. They use their excellent communication skills to understand each patient’s unique medical history and current concerns. They carefully describe techniques, explain digital x-ray results, and ensure that patients feel comfortable with the proposed plan of care.

If you’ve decided to pursue a chiropractic career, chances are you’re a compassionate person who is committed to helping others lead healthier lives. Positivity, patience, listening skills, and responsiveness are all qualities that put patients at ease and inspire the confidence they seek in a health care provider.

Patients Look for D.C.s with High Quality Training

Patients also look for professionals with chiropractic licensure. However, successful chiropractors know that effective training encompasses more than preparing for board exams. Access to excellent facilities and expert instructors help build a strong foundation for a long-lasting career.

Successful D.C.s understand that expertise is developed with a strategic balance of theoretical in-class instruction and hands-on experience. They choose a chiropractic college that helps them apply their growing knowledge by working in an on-site clinic and through wellness outreach programs. The confidence and skill they build inspires confidence in new patients, which in turn results in repeat business and positive word-of-mouth marketing.

Patients Look for a Chiropractor with Strong Core Values

Ethics are important to patients seeking high quality healthcare. During an initial consultation, they will look for evidence of a D.C.s commitment to a particular set of values – the philosophy that grounds and guides all aspects of the practice.

The best chiropractic colleges will have clearly articulated core values that are passed on to their students as part of their training. Graduates will build on those ideals when setting up their own business, and perhaps share them with patients as a mission statement displayed in patient rooms, waiting areas, or on the practice website.

When doctors of chiropractic incorporate their mission statement into everyday conduct and communications, they instill trust in their patients. That trust helps build a caring professional relationship, treasured by both the patient and the chiropractor.

Successful Chiropractors Stay Up-To-Date with Research & Technology

Chiropractic combines both traditional and modern techniques. New technology such as digital radiography helps today’s D.C.s detect subluxations, plan their care and share results with patients like never before. Emerging scientific studies on the benefits of chiropractic help inform best practices and strengthen the development of the profession. Chiropractors who stay up-to-date with the latest tools, techniques and research are best equipped to offer patients the best in care – and their commitment to professional development lends prestige to their practice.

What other qualities do you think patients look for when selecting a chiropractor?

Darby Lyles Thomas, D.C., Named Rising Star

Darby Lyles Thomas, D.C.

Darby Lyles Thomas, D.C. & President Cordero, D.C.

Lakewood, CO, chiropractor Darby Lyles Thomas was recently named Rising Star by Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC. The Rising Star Award is given to a recent Sherman College graduate who has demonstrated exceptional achievements and service in the community.

“We are incredibly proud of the strides Dr. Lyles Thomas has made in sharing chiropractic with her community and the world,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C.

Dr. Lyles Thomas graduated from Sherman College in 2010 and is serving patients at her office, 100% Chiropractic, in Lakewood, CO. She sees 300 to 350 patients each week and averages 100 new patients each quarter.

She regularly educates her community on the benefits of chiropractic care through lunch-and-learn programs at local businesses and even hosts a running club at her office. She understands what it takes to start a business and offers to mentor and train other doctors before they open practices of their own. In addition to growing her successful practice, she also volunteers with several different organizations in her community.

Sherman College named its 2015 award recipients April 30-May 2 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors 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.


For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
krhodes@sherman.edu

Barbara Dubel Named Chiropractic Advocate of the Year by Sherman College

Barbara Dubel receiving an award from Dr. Cordero

Barbara Dubel receiving Chiropractic Advocate of the Year award from Dr. Cordero during Lyceum 2015

New Jersey chiropractic assistant Barbara Dubel has been named Chiropractic Advocate of the Year by Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, in appreciation of her outstanding contributions, time and commitment to the chiropractic profession and the college. The Chiropractic Advocate of the Year Award is given to a non-chiropractor who has contributed to the advancement of Sherman College and the chiropractic profession in a significant and noteworthy manner.

Barbara Dubel is a founding board member of New Beginnings, an organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating philosophically-based principled chiropractic without compromise, serving mankind, and enhancing quality of life. As a lay person, her love for chiropractic began when she first met her future husband, Dr. Jim Dubel. She immediately became involved in the profession as an advocate and has promoted chiropractic ever since.

Barbara works in her husband’s chiropractic office and also directs the New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekend exhibits and social events. Her husband, Dr. Jim Dubel says, “Without Babs, we would not have New Beginnings and my practice would never have been the success that it is. She found me and chiropractic at the same moment in time, and still loves us both.”

Barbara remains steadfast in her commitment to the chiropractic profession and has raised her three children in the same principled lifestyle. One of her children, Stephanie, is currently a student at Sherman College.

Sherman College named its 2015 award recipients April 30-May 2 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors 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.


For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
krhodes@sherman.edu

Gary & Cathie Padden, D.C.s, Receive Spirit of Sherman College Award

Gary & Cathie Padden, D.C.s

Gary & Cathie Padden, D.C.s

The Lakeview husband-and-wife chiropractic team of Gary and Cathie Padden, D.C.s, were honored with the Spirit of Sherman College Award from their alma mater, Sherman College of Chiropractic, in Spartanburg, SC at Lyceum 2015. The Spirit of Sherman College Award is presented to Sherman graduates who exemplify the true spirit of Sherman College in their professional lives.

“We deeply appreciate the love and loyalty the Paddens have for their alma mater,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. “We recognize them with this award to convey how grateful we are for their continued support and student referrals.”

Drs. Gary and Cathie Padden are both graduates of Sherman College, Gary in 1983 and Cathie in 1985. They have two offices in Michigan, one in Lakeview and another in Howard City. The Paddens have referred 16 students to Sherman College, including a sister, brother, cousin, son and daughter-in-law. The couple’s son, Andy Padden, daughter-in-law, Tiffany Padden, and a Sherman graduate they referred, Jeanette Chomic, all practice with them.

Members of the Alumni Association since graduation, the couple has been actively engaged with the college as financial supporters to the Board of Regents program and other campaigns since 1986, and was named Regents of the Year in 2011. Drs. Gary and Cathie are also members of the college’s Reach Out And Recruit (ROAR) program; they were named Career Advisors of the Year in 2010 for their great success in sending students to Sherman College.

Sherman College named its 2015 award recipients April 30-May 2 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors 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.


For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
krhodes@sherman.edu