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Sherman College Stands Against Prescriptive Rights for Chiropractors

POSITION STATEMENT: Sherman College of Chiropractic has announced its position defending the holistic origins of the chiropractic profession and recommending against any expansion of scope that would allow doctors of chiropractic prescriptive rights.

The college asserts that an expansion of practice scope to include the right to prescribe pharmaceuticals is a dangerous precedent for the chiropractic profession that would encroach on the practice of medicine.

“Chiropractic was founded to provide the public with a valuable, distinct service of enhancing life, health and human potential without duplicating any existing services,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. He added that Sherman College trains doctors of chiropractic to practice within a separate and distinct healing art with an objective that differs from that of medicine.

“Sherman College of Chiropractic strongly opposes the expansion of the scope of practice. The college remains steadfast in holding to the origins of chiropractic to improve and elevate the well-being of people through the correction of vertebral subluxations. It recognizes that the unique philosophy and art of chiropractic are scientifically grounded in their own right and require no expansion into the act of medical practice,” he continued.

The practice of medicine is an allopathic and therapeutic objective of diagnosing and treating symptomatology and disease. The objective of chiropractic is to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations (misalignments of the spine that are a detriment to one’s well-being).

Expansion of the scope of practice would not only be a departure from the reason the practice of chiropractic has been licensed as a separate healing art in the United States and internationally, but it would also infringe upon other practice acts, ultimately leading to chiropractic losing its unique service to the public, Cordero explained. This change, he said, would put the public at risk and would likely increase the number of licensure and malpractice complaints in the chiropractic profession.

Sherman College of Chiropractic holds the position that the practice of chiropractic remains a service separate and distinct from other healing arts. Its unique clinical objective is to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations. Building on this, Sherman College teaches courses to prepare its graduates to practice as portal-of-entry providers in all 50 states and around the world. Sherman College graduates are competent and trained to meet all requirements for licensure and safe application of the unique service of chiropractors.

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

For more information, please contact:
Edwin Cordero, D.C.
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 227

Who Can Benefit From Chiropractic?

Who can benefit from chiropractic? The answer is, everyone!

Chiropractic is an approach to holistic wellness that seeks to optimize the body’s natural capacity for healing.

Chiropractic education prepares graduates to identify and correct vertebral misalignments (called subluxations), which helps the brain better communicate key messages to the body’s nervous system. By ensuring communication routes are clear, patients’ bodies are better able to function well and heal more effectively. Students considering chiropractic careers can expect to work with patients of all ages, from young children to seniors, helping to facilitate optimal health and wellness.

Chiropractic education

Growing Children

When one considers the dramatic growth, development and transformation children undergo as they progress toward adulthood, it’s not surprising that more parents than ever are scheduling regular chiropractic check-ups for their kids.

Similar to how a dentist monitors teeth as they grow in, chiropractors suggest periodic spinal adjustments as a way to promote children’s overall health and vitality. By identifying and correcting misalignments that interfere with the nervous system, chiropractic encourages a strengthened immune system – a valuable benefit for young children who typically fall victim to routine infections, colds and flu. Graduates of chiropractic college who specialize in caring for babies and toddlers typically use a gentle approach, with only the amount of force one might apply to test a tomato for ripeness. Parents may bring infants in for their first assessment just days after birth. Children who integrate chiropractic into their health routine early on are well positioned to reap the benefits of care throughout the rest of their lives.

Busy Adults

The nervous system of the average working adult undergoes an onslaught of stresses every day – including emotional, chemical and physical. Increasingly busy schedules often lead to anxiety, long hours spent hunched over a computer, poor diet and reduced sleep – all of which impair the body’s capacity to fend off illness and function at its best.

Regular chiropractic care can help the body work at its best, whether or not the adult is aware of any pain or dysfunction. Realigning the bones of the spine will help to ensure the nervous system works without interference, which in turn will benefit the entire body – an essential health care component for adults who wish to remain healthy and productive despite external stresses that will inevitably arise.

Active Seniors

Just as children experience changes to their musculoskeletal and nervous systems as they achieve developmental milestones, seniors may also see dramatic differences in spine health and performance as they age. For seniors, the whole body benefits of chiropractic care can mean holding on to mobility and independence for longer. While not a cure for any specific disorder or disease, chiropractic care contributes to optimal spinal health and can open the door for seniors to an overall improved quality of life.

Preventative, restorative, holistic: chiropractic helps patients of all ages live life to the fullest!

What inspires you most about training for a career in chiropractic?

FREE VISIT at Sherman College’s Chiropractic Health Center for our Valentines



What:              Free visits on Sweetheart Day at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center

Who:                All current Health Center patients will receive a free visit

Current patients only; x-rays not included.

 {New patients are always our sweethearts; your first visit to our HC is free.}

When:             Friday, February 13, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Why:                We love and appreciate our patients!

Where:           Sherman College of Chiropractic Health Center
                          2020 Springfield Road, Spartanburg, SC 29316

Contact:          Shirlene Burnsed sburnsed@sherman.edu or Tammy Windham , 864-578-8777

Sherman College Lyceum Lineup Announced

LYC2015_DeliveringTheGoods_finalDrs. Dean DePice, Andy Forelli, Irene Gold, Christopher Kent, Nalyn Marcus, Matthew McCoy, Jeanne Ohm, Stan Pierce, Armand Rossi, Rob Schiffman and Fred Schofield are among the chiropractic heavy-hitters scheduled to speak at Sherman College of Chiropractic’s 2015 Lyceum program, April 30-May 2.

Hundreds of chiropractors and prospective students from around the world travel to the beautiful Upstate region of South Carolina each year for Lyceum, the school’s annual homecoming and continuing education event. The event is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg and involves three days of seminars, reunions, alumni events and more. Up to 20 hours of continuing education credit are available.

Speakers for the 2015 program include the following:

  • Peter Amlinger, D.C.
  • Ron Castellucci, D.C.
  • Matthew Christopher, D.C.
  • Tony DeMarco, D.C.
  • Dean DePice, D.C.
  • Jim Dubel, D.C.
  • Andy Forelli, D.C.
  • Harvey Garcia, D.C.
  • Cherie Goble, D.C.
  • Irene Gold, D.C.
  • Amanda Hess, D.C.
  • Steve Judson, D.C.
  • Jami Karr, D.C.
  • Christopher Kent, J.D., D.C.
  • Jay Komarek, D.C.
  • Tedd Koren, D.C.
  • Patricia Kuhta, D.C.
  • Brian Lieberman, D.C.
  • Nalyn Marcus, D.C.
  • Sal Martingano, D.C.
  • Matthew McCoy, D.C.
  • Dave Mruz, D.C.
  • Jeanne Ohm, D.C.
  • Stan Pierce, D.C.
  • Todd Riddle, D.C.
  • Scott Rosa, D.C.
  • Armand Rossi, D.C.
  • Rob Schiffman, D.C.
  • Fred Schofield, D.C.
  • Susan Schofield
  • Simon Senzon, D.C.
  • Dean Sottile, D.C.
  • Robert Tarantino, D.C.
  • Keith Wassung
  • Tim Zook, D.C.

Other key Lyceum events include alumni reunions, a career event for prospective students, a golf tournament, a 5K race, and an international themed banquet to close the weekend. For additional information about this year’s Lyceum program and to register, go to www.sherman.edu/lyceum or email dcordero@sherman.edu.

Interns Join Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College


Thirty-eight interns celebrated the entrance of the final phase of their chiropractic education on January 9 during a pinning ceremony at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center. The Chiropractic Health Center, located at 2020 Springfield Road in Boiling Springs, is a teaching clinic for chiropractic students in their final stage of internship prior to graduation from the doctor of chiropractic program.

The teaching environment, coordinated by licensed doctors of chiropractic, allows interns to practice chiropractic under close supervision and constant consultation. Because the clinic is open to the public, residents in Upstate South Carolina experience excellent chiropractic care at affordable prices through nearly 20,000 patient visits per year.

During the ceremony, interns took the Pledge of Professionalism. A charge was be given by Interim Dean of Clinics Claudia Seay, D.C., and the interns’ nametags were pinned onto their blue clinic jackets.

“Sherman students transitioning into their clinical internship at the Health Center are well prepared to deliver quality and effective care to our friends and neighbors in the greater Spartanburg area,” Dr. Seay said of the new group of interns. “These students are the future of the chiropractic profession. On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Sherman College Health Center, we are proud and excited to welcome the newest class of chiropractic interns.”

In the clinical phase of the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College, interns practice every aspect of patient care, including case histories, physical and spinal examinations, x-ray, diagnosis, report of findings, chiropractic adjustments and case management. Interns are encouraged to work with the research department to advance the profession with evidence based study; they also complete remaining clinical and business courses.

The chiropractic internship also gives these senior students the opportunity to participate in community events, both in the Health Center and off campus – including spinal screenings, health fairs, school visits, and lunch-and-learn programs – to help them build communication, leadership and community relations skills so they are well prepared for practice following graduation.

The Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visits are $15; visits for students, military members and seniors are $10; special rates are available for families. Walk-ins are accepted, but it is best to call 864-578-8777 for a set appointment with any of our interns, including these who have joined the Health Center:

Cheynia Allen
Jared Bernstein
Matthew Boyeson
Josh Buck
Zhaohui Chen
Shane Cobb
Chris Collins
Casey Crane
Phillip Crane
Nicholas Earehart
Chris Ennis
John Feinberg
Tamatha Garris
Courtney Geer
Kyle Geer
Jordan Gieselman
John Haslett
Chad Janes
Christina Judon
Robin Koenig
Leo Levesque
Ashley Liew
Troy Lofton
Tyler Maxey
Ashley McGuire
Antjuan Mitchell
Laura Pinter
Emily Ranstadler
Gerald Robinette-Compton
Luis Rodriguez
Stanley Setzer
Rebecca Shaw
Paige Sigmon
Michael Smyth
Stephen Stone
Sarah Tennesen
Alex Thomas
Nathan Walton

For more information, visit www.sherman.edu/hc.

Help People with a Career in Chiropractic: Sherman College to Host Showcase Event January 30-31

SSW_logo_RustBlue2Sherman College of Chiropractic welcomes future doctors of chiropractic to campus on Friday and Saturday, January 30-31, 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.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, chiropractic employment opportunities are growing faster than average for all occupations. Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 28 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. Showcase events are available once a quarter; additional dates for 2015 are May 1-2, July 24-25 and October 9-10. The college also hosts personalized tours and visits to campus each week.

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 roundtable discussions with currently practicing chiropractors
  • A campus tour including Sherman’s Chiropractic Health Center
  • Personalized local apartment tour

For more information about Showcase Sherman, call Emily Wood at 864-578-8770, ext. 271, email ewood@sherman.edu or visit http://www.sherman.edu/showcase/.

Thirty-Seven Complete Doctor of Chiropractic Program at Sherman College


Thirty-seven students from around the world received the doctor of chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday, December 13, 2014. The commencement was a shared ceremony for December 2014 and March 2015 graduates.

Donnie W. Miller of South Carolina, recipient of the Milton W. Garfunkel Award for the December class, and Brynne Lea Gingras of New Hampshire, recipient for the March class, presented farewell addresses to their classmates. The Garfunkel Award is the highest award given at graduation. Students receiving this honor must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above, and in addition, best exemplify those qualities Sherman College would like to inculcate in all of its graduates: love of the profession, an understanding of the philosophy, willingness to share, and service to the college and community.

Andrew Robert Schneider of Michigan and Mark Babinski of Illinois received the Academic Achievement Award. The Academic Achievement Award is given to the individual in each graduating class who maintains the highest grade point average throughout his or her studies at Sherman College.

Wendy Wright Parker of North Carolina was presented with the Service Distinction Award. This distinction is not given at every graduation; rather it is given to students who stand out for their significant and distinguished service contributions to Sherman College and the local community throughout their course of study.

The Clinical Excellence Award was presented to Rhea Dakotah Conley of South Carolina and Kara Babinski of Illinois in recognition of their successful practices in the Health Center. This award is given to an intern in each class who has diligently worked to develop skills in the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, maintained an “A” average in the clinical program and exhibited superior overall clinical performance and professionalism.

Brynne Lea Gingras of New Hampshire and Jared James Dreckman of Iowa received the B.J. Palmer Philosophy Distinction Award. This honor is given to outstanding students who exemplify the profound philosophical understanding necessary to translate the universal principles of life into the workable philosophy, science and art which is chiropractic.

Also during the ceremony, chiropractic advocate Miguel Hastings was presented with the honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities degree, a rare honor given by the college to noteworthy individuals.

The commencement address was given by Jennifer Grower York, M.S., D.C., a 2009 graduate and assistant professor of clinical sciences at Sherman College. The Fulton, NY, native holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Alfred University (1996) and a master’s degree in packaging science from Clemson University (2001) and has been on the Sherman College faculty since 2007. She teaches Neuropathophysiology, Ortho-Neuro and Clinical Diagnosis and Research, and she is also an assistant case doctor in the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. Her academic interests include chiropractic neurology, clinical diagnosis, case management, and research design. York currently serves as first vice president of the Sherman College Alumni Association.

Matthew Hudson, D.C., a 2006 Sherman College graduate and case doctor in the Chiropractic Health Center at the college, delivered the charge to the graduates. Hudson holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Tech (2001). Following his graduation from Sherman College, he was in private practice from 2007-2013 in Virginia, with offices in Charlottesville and Lynchburg. He has been a national speaker for the chiropractic profession on matters of documentation, compliance, electronic health records and general practice management; he has consulted with multiple chiropractic-centered companies to improve product design and usability. He has worked with several community groups, the Charlottesville Youth Program and Rotary Club. At Sherman College, in addition to working with interns at the Chiropractic Health Center, he teaches classes on clinical management.

The doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College requires students to complete more than 4,800 hours (14 quarters) of classroom and laboratory study and also includes an internship in the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. To enter the D.C. program, students must have at least 90 semester hours of college-level courses, including courses in the sciences. 

Sherman College Presents Hastings with Honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities

IMG_5070Chiropractic advocate Miguel Hastings has been awarded the honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic, a rare honor given by the college to noteworthy individuals. The degree was presented during Sherman College’s 126th Commencement Ceremony on December 13.

Recipients of the Honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities degree have influenced, initiated and/or carried out specific humanitarian/philanthropic activities that have significantly contributed to or influenced the chiropractic profession and/or humanity at-large. Sherman President Edwin Cordero, D.C., reviewed Hastings’ accomplishments and approved his recommendation earlier this year.

Hastings began his journey as a student at Life University in 1994. His education was interrupted as he served in the Caribbean as an ambassador not only for the college but for the profession. He has been instrumental in recruiting students in the region thereby facilitating the spread of chiropractic in the Caribbean and also in assisting the various associations and governments in helping to establish chiropractic legislation.