Chiropractic Research Mission

The mission of the Research Department is to support and produce research and scholarly activities that contribute to the body of knowledge on chiropractic education, clinical knowledge, health care and the theoretical constructs of vertebral subluxation.

The department exists to conduct research, to support research by faculty, students and alumni, and to help prepare research findings for publication.

Research Interests

Sherman College researchers have a particular interest the development of objective measures of assessing the vertebral subluxation, particularly in regard to its biomechanical and neurological components. Investigations into the effects of subluxation correction involve assessments of human physical and mental performance as well as physiological effects.

Pengju (George) Luo, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Ext. 279

Mentor Profile

Dr. Luo’s research interests are in the interdisciplinary areas of microbiology and nanotechnology, focusing on the study of the antimicrobial applications and detection of bacterial species via the use of nanomaterials such as nanoparticles and nanotubes.

In addition to his work at Sherman, he also holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biological Science at Clemson University.

His areas of interest include the following:

  • Antimicrobial activity using nanotechnology with carbon nanotubes
  • Fluorescent imaging using nanomaterials for location and surgery for cancers
  • Nutri-ceuticals – including adding more nutrients, increasing self life by eliminating bacteria
  • Understanding chiropractic technique and becoming more educated about chiropractic research

John F. Hart, D.C., M.H.S.
Ext. 232

Mentor Profile

Dr. John Hart is also a program committee member for the South Carolina Upstate Research Symposium. His research interests include:

  • Reliability of tests for subluxation
  • Outcomes research on tests for the neurological interference component of the vertebral subluxation

Cynthia B. Gibbon, B.A., M.T., D.C.
Ext. 234

Mentor Profile

Dr Cindy Gibbon’s areas of interest focus on alternative methodology for pattern work.

Laura R. Greene-Orndorff, R.T., A.S., B.S., D.C.
Ext. 249

Mentor Profile

Dr. Laura Orndorff’s areas of interest include improvement of the knowledge base and educational programs dealing with radiology.

Patricia Kuhta, D.C., B.S.
Ext. 266

Mentor Profile

Dr. Pat Kuhta’s areas of interest include the following:

  • Spinal biodynamics
  • Radiology and Radiography related topics
  • Vertebral misalignment/subluxation research

Kevin Power, D.C.
Ext. 203

Mentor Profile

Dr. Kevin Power’s areas of interest include analysis of people dealing with high stress jobs, those with potential repetitive stress disorders, e.g. production line, and the area of physical fitness/performance.