Dr. Stephanie Halloran is a chiropractic resident at the Connecticut VA healthcare system in West Haven Connecticut and she was also the student American Chiropractic Association membership committee chair and was a chiropractic intern at the Richard L Roodeboks VA in Indianapolis Indiana. How did you land your residency position at the VA?
Dr. Halloran: I was first exposed to the opportunity to do the residency in 2014. I was in Roanoke Virginia at the Foot Levelers facility attending the Student American Chiropractic Association Leadership Conference. It was the first one I had attended and on the docket of speakers that year were all the directors of the residency program. 2015 was the first year that they had the residency program. It was in its first year of the pilot and they spoke of this amazing opportunity to basically do what medical professionals do and go into your training after you become a physician and learn under your attendings and rotate through all these other departments and basically become the best clinician you can.
How are you a pioneer in this field?
Dr. Riddle: I have to give credit to the people that came before me. Without those foundations I wouldn't have that to stand on. I’m affiliated with FAKTR along with Dr. Tom Hyde and Dr. Greg Doerr.
When you take something like traditional IASTM and you add movement to it they got accelerated outcomes.
What we're doing is taking your traditional IASTM courses and trying to make it more of a system as opposed to a technique, because if you're focused strictly on techniques that's all you’ve got, but if you develop a system now it's for everybody.
I like to do what works and I try to be as evidence-informed about that as possible.
Noah: What is the unique to the lens that you look through?
Noah: What is a chiropractors role in sports medicine?
Dr. Kevin Christie: I graduated from Logan in 2005 and they prepared me with the basics, but if I would have just followed the curriculum I wouldn't be where I am today. I could probably say that about most schools so my extracurricular activities consisted of Active Release Technique and Motion Palpation Institute, MPI. It gave me information on how to deal with sports injuries. Then I focused on movement screens and Titleist Performance Institute which prepared me for sports.
When I got out I worked as an associate for about a year and a half and learned a lot and then I was given an opportunity to partner with a chiropractic practice inside of the sports training facility.
Dr. Sean Thistle is a practicing chiropractor, educator, international speaker and founder of RRS Education which provides evidence-based clinically applicable information for chiropractors and other manual therapists. He's lectured as a part-time faculty member for the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in orthopedics. The initial way that I came across you is a video that you did about the common myths in chiropractic. Can you talk about those myths and give your perspective on how you think those myths are affecting the chiropractic profession?
Dr. Thistle: I'll give back story on where that video came from. This was an introductory video to a much longer interview that I did with a group called functional media started by two recent graduated physiotherapists and their angle was to interview people in the manual therapy space.
I did an hour audio interview where we got into a lot of these things in detail and the video was done as a teaser for that the longer interview. Some of the context was lost in translation, but I mentioned a few things that bother me from an evidence perspective, patient management perspective and our cultural authority as a profession.
Noah: What is the Clinic Gym Hybrid model?
It’s an extension of really good health care. Chiropractors offer a great service. What I look at when somebody comes in with an injury I get them better through treatments and rehab. Then what are they left with? A lot of them feel nervous and they're worried about what they're going to do next. They want to get back to the activity that they love, but they don't know exactly what to do after you discharge them.
Most insurance companies will let you see them six times per injury. In the end what's the next step? There's a lot of people who are ending care here and somebody needs to fill in this middle ground.
Create a complete start-to-finish model for patients where great maintenance care is a good exercise program. This is the perfect way to deliver it. You're going to have some of the best trained coaches and trainers working with you that are helping you take care of those clients.
Dr. Jordan Shallow is the owner of the muscle doc he's host of RX radio. So let's start with your origin story. How did you get into chiropractic and what were you hoping to do when you got out of school and how have you been able to do that so far?
Dr. Shallow: I played sports growing up like most kids. I did track-and-field, hockey, lacrosse and swimming. With those sports came injuries. In the 12th grade I had a knee issue and my gym teacher told me to see a chiropractor. I was like, What? A chiropractor? There is nothing wrong with my neck, I don't have headaches or anything. He said “just go see him.” Within two weeks I was back on the ice.
In my first year of undergraduate studies I fell in love with lifting weights and from there began a career as a personal trainer to pay my way through school. I continued to see my chiropractor and realized; wow this guy works fairly similar to how I work, people are excited to see him, and he drives a Range Rover. I was a history and political science major the University of Windsor in Canada and I made the jump over to exercise science and public health and then from there went on to Palmer West in 2012. I graduated in 2015 and opens up my doors soon after that.
Noah: Welcome to DC2Be Revolution. Helping chiropractic students think big in order to live large. I’m your host Noah Volz and today I’m here with Dr. David Wedemeyer. He's a chiropractor and a certified pedorthist who created Sole Solutions lab to create a uniform standard in orthotic dispensing among allied health fields. What is a pedorthist and why did you become one?
Dr. Wedemeyer: I started my practice in Newport Beach, California and right away I started looking at gait and feet. Back in 2000 there was no road map for a guy like me. I made friends with podiatrists and started learning from them. I didn’t have a lot of time until work comp failed. Then I started looking more and more into orthotics in the industry and found out that there was a program called the Medicare diabetic therapeutic shoe bill. It takes at-risk diabetics with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and helps them find footwear solutions. No one knew this at the time but Medicare's rules allowed someone with a little bit of training to become a supplier. I went to the local Foot and Ankle orthopedist and started getting referrals to supply these patients with the proper insoles.
How To Transition From a Chiropractic Student in Clinic to Clinical Practice An Interview with Dr. Dino Pappas
Dr. Dino Pappas is a chiropractic physician, certified athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist in Austin, Texas who did a talk at Logan College called “the transition from clinic to clinical practice and organizing your toolbox.” Can you recap that talk for us?
Dr. Pappas: There is no one roadmap to transition to clinical practice. Everybody's path is just a little bit different. Trying to figure out the right situation for you is challenging. After about four to five years in practice I went back to the chiropractic school that I graduated from and I did the presentation you mentioned where I talked about the life advice I learned along the way.
Today I'm here with Dr. Gina Sirchio-Lotus. She is a mom of four, a doctor of chiropractic and a functional medicine practitioner at the La Grange Institute of Health. Can you talk about the programs that you've developed to assist yourself and mother's going on maternity leave?
Dr. Sirchio-Lotus: When I opened my first business out of school it was rehab based with some clinical nutrition on the side. After having my first I thought I could just go back to work and have as much time in the office and be as involved with patients as I was prior to the birth. I thought, I'll just bring my baby to the office and they’ll sleep the whole time, but they don’t just sit quietly. They don’t wait for you to work a ten hour day. I realized I needed a grand restructuring because what I was doing was not working.
Welcome to DC2Be Revolution. Helping chiropractic students think big in order to live large. I'm your host Noah Volz and today I'm here with Dr. Gregg Friedman. He's a second generation chiropractor and has been in practice for more than 30 years. In addition to practicing part time Gregg performs independent medical examinations, reviews records, testifies as an expert witness and teaches documentation seminars to chiropractors all over the country.
Dr. Friedman, thanks so much for being here. I wanted to talk a little bit about documentation because that's where I initially came into contact with you. I'm a student and I'm starting to go into clinic. We have these SOAP forms that I fill out, which includes: subjective; objective; assessment; plan. I'm just wondering what your feeling is on the way that students are currently doing documentation and the way that schools are currently teaching documentation?
Writing with originality, generosity, compassion and purpose, Dr. Noah Volz imparts valuable lessons in an entertaining, engaging and snappy way―backed by a wealth of experience. As an author, chiropractor, and entrepreneur, he has started and run multiple companies and has been the host of the DC2Be Revolution YouTube channel and podcast.