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  • 14 Oct 2015 2:41 PM | Anonymous



    (Not Your Typical) Experience

    History was made in New Orleans with the inaugural Upper Cervical Experience seminar taking place in late February 2015. The intention of the seminar was to unify all Upper Cervical techniques behind the single purpose of furthering the profession in the eyes of the world. All participants shared and collaborated in a way that has never been done before and this provides great hope for the future of Upper Cervical Chiropractic.

    Dr. Terry McCoskey and Dr. Ian Bulow did a phenomenal job of emceeing the weekend with enthusiasm and style. In fact, the seminar began with an incredible video of Dr. Bulow making his way to New Orleans while dancing to the song ‘Happy’, by Pharrell Williams.

    The format of the conference was unique. Far from the typical lecturing-speaker structure, the seminar was indeed an experience, with open philosophy discussions, research presentations, games, and interactive workshops. On Thursday evening, Dr. Gerry Clum highlighted the day with his typical bringing-of-the-heat. He talked about comparing where we are now to when he helped develop the Upper Cervical Council back in 2008. In case you missed it, he mentioned his affection for Dr. Heidi Haavik’s groundbreaking research and encourages all of us to keep track of work as our profession evolves. He also suggested we focus on taking care of Baby Boomers and join the social media movement at Amplifeied.com

    On Friday, there were 4 schedule blocks with 3-4 speakers presenting simultaneously, allowing each person to choose which presentation they wanted to see. Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Michael Lenarz led a discussion in the morning on patient communication. Here are two lines to use with your patients immediately:

    “your body is smarter than I am, and I’m smart enough to know it.”

    “My job is not to have your answers, but to help you find them.”

    Dr. Scott Rosa presented his groundbreaking research and case studies that focuses on post-trauma care, including upright MRI studies showing dramatic improvement in CSF drainage from the brain post adjustment. Dr. Drew Hall talked about the importance of balancing practice with family. Some of his tips were to set family goals just like you set your business goals. He encouraged quarterly family vacations and Friday night date nights with your spouse (and don’t bring your cell phone!)

    Julie Mayer Hunt presented on Pediatric care and provided some valuable procedures to check and evaluate listings for newborns, infants, and beyond.

    Saturday began with a research panel discussion with a question and answer session that followed. In case you haven’t read Dr. Kirk Eriksen and Dr. Bo Rochester’s 2011 Upper Cervical Efficacy study, you need to right now! Comedian Tim Clue brought the house down with his interactive presentation. I was literally laughing the whole time so I may have missed his message, but there were two main takeaways:

    1. discomfort = growth.
    2. Never allow Dr. Tyler Evans to drive you anywhere, ever.

    A Gala dinner was held on Friday evening at the top floor of the hotel, with incredible 360 views of the city. As cocktails, steak, and lobster were happily consumed, Upper Cervical awards were given to several deserving recipients. Here is a list of the awards and the winners:

    The B.J. Palmer Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. Robert Brooks

    The Upper Cervical Chiropractor of the Year
    Dr. Jeffrey Scholten

    The Upper Cervical Researcher of the Year
    Dr. Scott Rosa

    The Impact Award
    Greg Buchanan

    The Innate Clinic Award
    Brooks Spinal Care

    The other major announcement at the gala was the starting date of the next Diplomate program. The next class will commence in March 2016 and the application process and details will follow in the coming months.

    Saturday began with a research panel discussion with a question and answer session that followed. In case you haven’t read Dr. Kirk Eriksen and Dr. Bo Rochester’s 2011 Upper Cervical Efficacy study, you need to right now! Comedian Tim Clue brought the house down with his interactive presentation. I was literally laughing the whole time so I may have missed his message, but I’m pretty sure it was simply this: discomfort = growth.

    The exclamation point to the weekend was a parade down Canal street. Dressed in the appropriate New Orleans accessories of beads, fur, and masks, the group celebrated the collaboration of the weekend and made a statement to the world that Our Time is Now!

    See you next year. Bring a friend!

    ~Noah Kaplan, D.C.


  • 14 Oct 2015 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    Diplomate Announcement

    In late July of 2015, the inaugural 300 hour ICA Upper Cervical Diplomate Program finished with the candidates sitting for their final exams. The final eighteen dedicated candidates and two facilitators have worked together since 2013 to receive extensive post graduate training in the spinal biomechanics, neuro-anatomy and advanced imaging of the craniocervical junction. Three years of committed learning concluded with three days of testing (two multiple choice tests, two essay questions and three oral examinations). 

    This program began with expanding on the fundamentals of anatomy, neurology, neurophysiology and biomechanics, moved to research and collaborative learning of the major orthogonal and articular approaches to adjusting the upper cervical subluxation, and finished with a large focus on advanced imaging, outcomes assessment, and integrative therapy. 

    A special thank you to all of the dedicated chiropractors that have dreamed of and worked towards this diplomate program becoming a reality over the last couple of decades - especially those that assembled at Life West in 2008 at the request of Dr. Gerry Clum, and to the doctors that completed the program.  Thank you to the ICA for creating an Upper Cervical Council to facilitate this educational and credentialing post-graduate program.  The ICA’s Council on Upper Cervical Care is committed to advancing the understanding that maintaining the integrity of the craniocervical junction is a fundamental ingredient to the optimal expression of life.

    ICA’s Council on Upper Cervical Care

    The inaugural program of study has been completed and the next diplomate program is scheduled to begin in March 2016, the month after the first official graduation takes place at the Upper Cervical eXperience in Orlando on February 12, 2016.

    The ICA’s Council on Upper Cervical Care is tasked with maintaining suitable education and credentialing for postgraduate continuing education, diplomate and fellowship programs.  The Council facilitates the growth of knowledge, skills and techniques to assist the chiropractor in deepening their understanding and effectiveness in administering excellent upper cervical care.  This drive for continued excellence is both to protect the public’s health and for the well-being of the individual patient.  

    The Council is committed to continue advancing the understanding that maintaining the integrity of the craniocervical junction is a fundamental ingredient to the optimal expression of life.  A learning hub has been created that is accessible to all members of the Council of Upper Cervical Care.  This online hub will contain material of interest to those studying the upper cervical spine.  Relevant courses, crucial data, and research materials will all be housed in this hub that will allow for connections and camaraderie with colleagues that have similar interests.  Please visit our website at www.icauppercervical.com to join us in working towards the goal of having the assessment of the upper cervical spine be recognized as a first step in health care.

    ~Jeff Scholten, D.C.


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