Clinic tour with Dr. Chad Hagen

A while back PSAF (Palmer Student Alumni Foundation) put together a clinic tour with Dr. Hagen’s clinic. Dr. Hagen’s clinic is a second-generation clinic in Bettendorf, where he integrates A.O., SOT and nutrition. He said that he doesn’t feel the need to only work with one technique and instead uses the technique that will suit the patient best.

Dr. Hagen's Chiropractic Clinic in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Dr. Hagen’s Chiropractic Clinic in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Besides SOT and A.O., Dr. Hagen also uses what he learned while at Palmer through the Palmer Package. The Palmer Package includes Toggle Recoil, Palmer Gonstead, Diversified, Thompson and Extremities. It is always great to hear practicing chiropractors say that they really use what they’ve learned through the curriculum in their offices.

Dr. Hagen said that he worked with a graphic designer to make sure the office had an earthy feel. His clinic has multiple fish tanks, which I really liked because it gave the office a more calming effect. Dr. Hagen also rents out two of his rooms in his office to a podiatrist to cut down on the overhead. I have shadowed a handful of different chiropractors and haven’t seen that before.

During the tour, Dr. Hagen adjusted his son and wife. I am always interested in learning more about pediatric chiropractic. But what I thought was probably one of the most interesting things was watching him adjust his wife with the A.O. technique. Before I started chiropractic school, I had seen it done but didn’t fully understand what was all going on at the time. Now that I understand more about the atlas, I think it’s a technique that I would like to learn more about. Dr. Hagen also completed some cranial SOT work with his wife as well to help with her sinus pressure.

I believe PSAF holds a clinic tour each trimester, but this was the first time that I was able to attend. I’m definitely looking forward to more clinic tours through PSAF!

-Jen

Adjusting Ninjas

Adjusting Ninja logoI’ve said it probably in all my previous blogs, but there are so many clubs on campus … including the Adjusting Ninjas!

I believe they started up last trimester, but I just started attending a few club hours this trimester. I saw a poster about a seminar that was going to happen in Davenport in December, so I thought I would check out the club before signing up for the seminar. And I had also heard Dr. Brett Jones on one of podcasts I listen to regularly and figured it was time that I looked further into this club!

The club normally meets around 6 a.m., and if you saw my previous posts, you know I’m a morning person. We start out with a warm up that involves some light jogging, stretching and yoga moves. From there we move into one of the technique rooms on campus so that we can get some hands-on experience. For me, being in a lower trimester it can be a little intimidating not knowing exactly what I am palpating for, but it’s always good experience.

One of the goals of the club is to work on muscle memory, so we focus on moving through motions and then pick up speed. Once we have worked on the motions, we start palpations. And if we find something, we can take a step back and go through the movements as if we were adjusting them.

I decided not to attend the seminar this time, but I’m hoping that they’ll be back while I’m still at Palmer so that I can attend another time. Things have been a little busy with my current class schedule and labs, so I wanted to make sure I focus on those before attending a seminar this trimester.

Jen

Intergreek Philosophy Night

Not just a quick fix, we approach health as an entire lifestyle.Earlier this month at the sorority house, we had our regular Intergreek Philosophy Night, which happens every trimester. This trimester we had such a great turnout! The house was packed, with every seat was full! There were also many amazing speakers from all of the Greek houses. The speakers consisted of individuals from 2nd trimester to 10th trimester. I love hearing people’s views on chiropractic philosophy, whether it aligns with mine or not.

One of the speakers talked about explaining chiropractic to those who may not have ever had chiropractic care or to people who think chiropractic is just about “cracking backs.”

He described a specific situation that happened to him and a friend at a bar where someone asked them what they did. They told the man that they were students at Palmer and the man asked them what chiropractic was. The friend went on to explain chiropractic in more details with the nervous system. Obviously, the man looked confused, so the speaker said that he started explaining chiropractic with the following three ideas: structure, function and quality of life. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how to explain chiropractic to people (mainly through the safety-pin explanation, which is awesome) but have never heard people talk about including quality of life.

Over the winter break, my family and I talked my grandma into seeing a chiropractor after she wasn’t seeing results from her medical doctor. I took her to her first appointment, and my grandma was very set on asking everyone if they could fix her. Now looking back on how the chiropractor interacted with my grandma, she was focusing more on improving her quality of life from where she was in a more round-about way. I’ve been able to job shadow a few chiropractors in the past, but sitting there with my grandma was a very different view on things.

I look forward to next trimesters Intergreek Philosophy Night to hear more amazing speakers talk about their chiropractic philosophy.

Jen

SICA auction

The Student International Chiropractic Association auction!

The Student International Chiropractic Association auction!

The SICA auction took place early in December, and I was so excited with everything there was to bid on. But my main goal was to bid on the ticket to Cal Jam … which I WON! Within my family, it’s a long-running joke to say that you won something that you actually paid for in an auction. 🙂

Anyways, I have been listening to the Chiropractic Philanthropist podcast for a few months now, and it’s by far one of my favorite podcasts. One day he interviewed Billy DeMoss, and I knew that I needed to figure out a way to get to Cal Jam in March. It just so happened that about a week after listening to that podcast, the list of what would be auctioned off was posted to our Facebook page. And to my surprise, they were auctioning off a ticket!

My brother attended the event with me, because he was looking to bid on some Green Books. Dr. Hynes (also known as He Hynes) was the auctioneer, and he was hilarious! He brought a ton of jokes and definitely was the best person for the job. There was a book written by B.J. Palmer from his printing press that had never been opened. The book went for over $250! It was one of the most exciting items that was bid on.

I walked home with my ticket to Cal Jam, a book and some posters. My brother ended up winning two books.

I’m so excited for the event in March. I haven’t figured out how I’m getting there or where I’m staying yet, but I’m hoping it will all fall into place!

Jen

Spizz Night!

November started a new trimester, and, boy, did it get busy quickly! The second Friday of the month was Spizz Night. Normally, it’s the first weekend with the prospective student event but for some reason it was changed this trimester.

Spizz Night is one of my favorite nights of the trimester because I love hearing the practicing D.C.s speak about their experiences. This trimester Dr. Frank Lombardozzi, Dr. Mark Mouw and Dr. Nate Hinkeldey all spoke.

I started the night out helping at the booth for the sorority. A lot of first-year students stop by to see the different clubs on campus and for the free food (normally tacos). Things can be very hectic the first trimester because of all the events/clubs going on so this gives the sorority another chance to talk about the different professional events that happen.

Dr. Frank Lombardozzi and Dr. Mark Mouw spoke together, and it was very interesting to hear their story.  Especially Dr. Lombardozzi’s story about when he started his business thinking that patients would just show up. Instead he realized he needed to get his name out there and meet people. This has been something I’ve been hearing a lot lately, that in the beginning you will need to take the time and go speak and different groups or market yourself. I haven’t decided exactly what my plan is for after school, but it’s good to hear others’ achievements and failures so that I know what to repeat and not repeat!

Dr. Nate Hinkeldey started his presentation with BJ Palmer’s definition of Spizzerinctum (Spizz)! Which, before attending the prospective student event, I had never heard of this word. B.J. Palmer referred to it as “if a chiropractor is loaded with Spizzerinctum, his adjustments could make a bald man grow hair like a collie dog! You have no chiropractic practice without Spizzerinctum, everything else is just mechanics. Great chiropractors are loaded with Spizz, their magnetic and abundant energy flows through every cell of their being.” Or in simpler terms, enthusiasm for chiropractic!

Dr. Hinkeldey shared his experience working with M.D.s while working with his patients. His enthusiasm around chiropractic to fight for his patients’ well being showed tremendously during his speech, with working at the VA and within his own practice.

Spizz Night is always an exciting night and is always worth attending! There are also lots of giveaways throughout the night, for instance this Spizz Night there was student membership to the ICA, Green Books and gift cards to the Bookstore!

Jen

 

Spinal practical … sublux midterm … and BIRTHDAY!

Last week was one heck of a week with my spinal practical, sublux midterm and my birthday (which all ended up being Thursday and Friday). If you are a prospective student, you may not have already heard that Spinal is one heck of a class but on a positive note, Mr. Morter really prepares you for National Boards exams (from what I hear)!

Classes have changed slightly in the past year or so. When my brother, who is in 7th tri, took spinal it was broken out in two classes, now it’s one class.

I spent the beginning of the week working through bones (spine, ribs and sternum) so that I could how to write out the order quickly with correct spelling during the timed exam. So, for example, if the posterior tubercle was colored in on C1 you would need to write it out as following: C1, posterior arch, posterior tubercle. Not so hard, but sometimes under pressure you can easily forget something! Then Wednesday night was a late night in the library with another classmate, Jen. I was so excited (you could say) Wednesday night that I couldn’t sleep, and I don’t think it was because my birthday was Thursday!

Thursday was the big day for spinal, and it was my birthday! I started the first hour of the practical in the wet lab going over muscles and ligaments, which ended up being a good confidence booster. Then ended the second hour with the bones. So many people had said it was going to be super difficult and that they had left the practical exhausted. I think I prepared myself pretty well because I felt great leaving it and was very satisfied with my grade!

Thursday evening I met up with some friends to study for the sublux midterm, which was Friday. This class can also be challenging because it is one of the first classes where you have to think more outside the box instead of just memorizing things. Anyway, my friends were great and baked me a cake, ordered some food and had some amazing gifts! It was the best way to end my birthday with a very busy day and busy day ahead of me!

Jen

Prospective Student Event!

The Palmer campus! Davenport, Iowa.

The Palmer campus! Davenport, Iowa.

This weekend was the big Prospective Student Event on campus, which I attended to work the Pediatric Club booth. It seemed like there was a great turn-out of excited prospective students. I had a chance to speak with a few one-on-one when they stopped at our booth.

One person was telling us her story about watching a baby getting adjusted. Some people who stopped by said they were interested in pediatrics, too, but didn’t really think about babies getting adjusted. Before I was getting adjusted by my chiropractor back in Milwaukee, I didn’t think about babies getting adjusted, either. Now knowing what I know, I wonder why more babies and children are not getting adjusted!

Another person who had stopped at our both was really excited about pediatrics and started asking about how I liked Palmer. I told her that it had been a year since I had attended the Prospective Student Event and how I applied for the D.C. program that weekend when I got home–and then started in March. She was surprised with how quickly my process went, because she was looking at taking a year off and then coming next fall to Palmer. I was telling her that this event ended up making up my mind on what my next step in life should be, which ultimately was to quit my job and move to Davenport. It has been one of my best life choices!

I’ve talked about why I choose Palmer and chiropractic in a previous blog; but it was great getting a chance to be on the other side of the table, talking to those who might still be on the fence. Deciding to attend the Prospective Student Event and then deciding to attend Palmer has forever changed my life. I am very grateful to be a part of Palmer and chiropractic community.

If you are still on the fence about chiropractic or even Palmer, definitely check out a Prospective Student Event or even a tour! The students at Palmer are awesome and are always willing to help anyone out. So don’t ever hesitate to ask any question, whether it be to one of us bloggers or even the group on Facebook (Future Chiropractors – Palmer College of Chiropractic). I had my brother and his friends to ask questions of, and believe me, I had a lot!

Jen

Dr. Lovejoy … Success leaves clues!

A while ago I attended an amazing event put on by SICA (Student International Chiropractic Association) with Dr. Alan Lovejoy as the speaker. This was the first time I had heard him speak. Two of my friends in my class, Katrina and Hira, spoke so highly of him from a previous event they attended that I didn’t want to miss this one! And, of course, they were spot on, Dr. Lovejoy was an amazing speaker filled with lots of energy and passion for chiropractic. Here are a few things that really stood out to me.

• Spinal care classes: Dr. Lovejoy recommended having spinal care classes for your patients. This is a great way to educate your patients on the benefits of chiropractic care. He recommended having a two-minute story to go along with the safety-pin theory with a small or large safety-pin and spine. I really liked this idea because it keeps things simple.

• Know your vision, purpose and mission: Understanding these three things is truly important because it helps you get through the more stressful and difficult days of exams. He recommended that as students, we should start living our “why” and mission now, so that when we get out in the field, we have our purpose down and we can explain this clearly and easily. This also goes along with keeping a clear vision and visualizing what you want your future office to look like.
• Success leaves clues: This was probably one of my favorite topics that Dr. Lovejoy talked about. He discussed keeping in contact with professors and current doctors practicing what you are interested in. For example, if you want to become a pediatric chiropractor, you should shadow those D.C.s and find professors that focus on this as well. I’ve understood this before, but one thing that stood out to me was staying closely connected with a professor and asking lots of questions.
I am very grateful for doctors like Dr. Lovejoy who take time out of their busy schedules to come speak to us. I think this is great information for me to absorb before graduating. In the future, I’m pretty sure I won’t have access to all of these successful chiropractors for FREE (which included dinner, too)!

Learning about pediatric chiropractic

A couple Fridays ago, the Pediatric Club had some amazing speakers from Premier Wellness Chiropractic in Crystal Lake, Ill. Dr. Tony, Dr. Jen and Dr. Ron were amazing and had so much energy!

There was a great turn-out during the 9:20 a.m. club hour, and then they came back in the evening to have a two-hour talk with more information about children and chiropractic and how they approach different situations.

Some things that really stuck with me were really understanding the philosophy, how to approach situations when just getting started, and working with moms.

Philosophy – Dr. Tony mentioned during club hour that you wouldn’t go to a priest who hasn’t read the Bible, so why would you go to a chiropractor that doesn’t understand the philosophy? I’m not really sure why this hadn’t clicked earlier, but this really hit home for me. Sometimes I just need someone to be very blunt for it to click in my head.

I’m currently in Philosophy II with Dr. Strang and really enjoy his classes and the history of the Palmers and chiropractic, but there are very little required readings. With the sorority, I’ve read “Palmer’s Law of Life,” but I will take some more time during my breaks to read more philosophy books!

Approaching situations when just getting started – Dr. Jen did a great job talking about this topic in the evening. She talked about when she first was getting started and she would use other D.C.s experience when talking to the parents to help them understand the benefits of chiropractic for children. Since she didn’t have the experience right out of school, she needed to find ways to gain the trust of the parents quickly (mainly with the moms). So this is something that I will definitely need to remember once I am out in the field!

Working with moms – All three of the docs touched on this because it is important to understand that when working with children you are also working with the mother (most of the time). It’s important for them to understand the benefits of chiropractic. Some things that they talked about were having workshops. Last trimester there was another pediatric chiropractor that came to talk on a Saturday who also said this and how important it is to keep them involved.

Dr. Tony ended by telling us about his personal experience with his son, which was very touching.

Their excitement and energy during the entire day was contagious, and I’m so grateful for attending both the club hour and evening event! I look forward to the three of them coming back to Palmer, and I plan to shadow them in the near future, too!

-Jen

So many clubs and techniques to learn about!

The past few weeks have been busy, and things have been picking up with exams and more quizzes. This week we started material for our final exams in General Pathology and Physiology II! I can’t believe how fast this trimester is going, but I’m also excited for the break in October so I can see my family (mainly my niece and nephew).

On Thursday I went to Dr. Hogg’s office, where he presented “Introduction to AK” (Applied Kinesiology). I’m always interested in learning more about different techniques that I am not as familiar with. Dr. Hogg went through the basics of AK and then spent some time demonstrating AK techniques. One thing I really enjoyed about it was seeing the results immediately with the muscle tests. I also liked how Dr. Hogg showed how he could use low-force techniques. AK is definitely something I will be looking more into!

On Friday, the Pediatric and Activator Club combined to talk about how activator can be used with children. We also talked about how leg checks can be done on infants and children. This was my first time attending the Activator Club and will definitely need to start attending that club more often. There are so many clubs to choose from to attend! Some other clubs that I’ve attended and enjoyed are the Functional Neurology and Extremities Club!

-Jen