(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:
- discomfort = growth.
- 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
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.