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When: Saturday, October 26, 2019
8:00 am-5:00 pm
Where: Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota  55114
United States
Contact: Lily Mahan

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8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 – 10:30 AM Quick Soft Tissue Methods to Help Maintain the Integrity of the Pelvis During the Childbearing Year
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Difficult Peds Cases: Am I Missing Something? — Dr. Angela Graper
12:30 – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00 PM Orofacial growth and development & TOTs
3:00 – 5:00 PM Acupuncture for Labor Preparation and Reducing Induction Rates

Session Description

Quick Soft Tissue Methods to Help Maintain the Integrity of the Pelvis During the Childbearing Year

Adrienne will present quick, easy-to-learn, effective soft tissue release techniques to support sacroiliac and pubic symphysis adjustment. The soft tissue release techniques can help the chiropractic adjustments be easier for the doctor and patient, as well as create long term effectiveness of the adjustment. The importance of soft tissue health to support the integrity of the sacroiliac and pubic symphysis joints will be the focus.

There will be hands-on instruction to give you new tools to support your families during the childbearing year.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the long term benefits of supporting the function of the soft tissue structures to maintain the integrity of the pelvis during the childbearing year.
  2. Learn quick, pain free fascial release technique.
  3. Demonstrate the pain free fascial release technique.

Difficult Peds Cases: Am I Missing Something?

There is a rise of children with neurodevelopmental disorders in our practices including: ADHD, autism and sensory issues. These increasingly complicated pediatric cases lead the practitioner to dig deeper into the child's health history and examination. The beauty of assessing the nervous system is that every child is given specific recommendations based on their neurological exam. Since a child's physiological state is also important in the function of the nervous system, discussing a child's diet as well as other compounding factors are also necessary in tricky pediatric cases.

Learning Objectives

  1. Establish an exam flow for primitive reflex testing and correspond reflexes with specific issues.
  2. Obtain additional tools in functional neurological assessments of children.
  3. Obtain knowledge of physiological influences on a child's nervous system.

Orofacial growth and development & TOTs

The largest percentage of orofacial growth and development occurs before age 5. Signs of delayed development of the jaws and lower third of the face can be detected prior to age 3 in most cases, and many times presents itself in the first few weeks of life with difficulty breastfeeding. Conditions such as tongue and lip ties, also known as Tethered Oral Tissue (TOTs) can negatively impact the breastfeeding dyad, and orofacial growth and development, effecting the patient throughout the lifespan.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand what normal growth and development of the orofacial complex looks like
  2. Understand what TOTs are and how they are properly diagnosed
  3. Understand that treatment of orofacial conditions is a team sport
  4. Understand the possible negative consequences of underdeveloped in these areas

Acupuncture for Labor Preparation and Reducing Induction Rates

In this session you will learn acupuncture protocols that have been proven in clinical trial to reduce the risk of induction, speed labor time and reduce stress for your patients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Protocols to prep the body for labor/reduce the risk of induction
  2. When and how to use electro-acupuncture
  3. How to emotionally support your patient before delivery with acupuncture

Course Instructors

Dr. Adrienne Caldwell— Quick Soft Tissue Methods to Help Maintain the Integrity of the Pelvis During the Childbearing Year

Adrienne C. Caldwell is a board certified bodyworker. She holds certifications in professional massage, chair massage, reflexology, orthopedic massage & bodywork, and prenatal & postpartum massage & bodywork. She has studied acupressure, craniosacral therapy, and various forms of energy work in depth. Her specialization in prenatal & postpartum care has taken her into the loving arms of several phenomenal midwifery mentors (Adrienne is not a midwife). She has trained as a doula with DONA and Enlightened Mama - LaMaze. In addition, she holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in music, and the other in marine biology.

Adrienne is a consummate learner, and holds teaching as a privilege. Adrienne lives in rural Minnesota with her two children, and her sweet wiggly puppy. She enjoys music, cooking, gardening, all things outdoors, and gym time. Her greatest joy is traveling with her children.

Dr. Angela Graper— Difficult Peds Cases: Am I Missing Something?

Angela GraperAngela Graper, DC, CACCP, loves working with families by helping them put the puzzle pieces together. She graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University and is the founder of Family Focus Chiropractic, LLC in Chanhassen. She is certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP), certified in Webster Technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association, and has additional training in soft tissue breech balancing techniques to better serve pregnant women. In conjunction with chiropractic services, Dr. Graper has extensive training in functional medicine and has completed courses through the Carrick Institute in functional neurology. She believes in using real food first as a primary tool for healing with additional support from supplements to speed up the process.

Dr. Ellen Jacobson— Orofacial growth and development & TOTs

Ellen JacobsonDr. Jacobson is a friendly and gentle dentist who has expanded her practice to include airway conscious dentistry for children and adults, treatment of ankyloglossia (tongue and lip-ties) from infancy to adulthood, as well as orthodontics. She has extensive training in pediatric growth and development and also organizes the Minnesota AGD's Orofacial Growth and Development Study Club. In her free time, she can be found traveling nationally and internationally to dental and wellness conferences and spends as much time in the great outdoors as she can. She is a frequent visitor to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Dr. Jacobson also enjoys gardening and doting on her pets. She is a University of Minnesota Alumna and a Twin Cities native. Dr. Jacobson feels that one of dentistry’s greatest privileges is the relationships she builds with her patients. She looks forward to meeting you and your family!

Stephanie Braunwarth, L.Ac, Dipl, CH, FABORM — Acupuncture for Labor Preparation and Reducing Induction Rates

Stephanie BraunwarthStephanie Braunwarth is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified Chinese herbalist. She is board-certified in fertility and women's health. She is the founder of Waconia Women's Health, an acupuncture clinic in Waconia, MN dedicated to improving the lives of women and supporting couples during their fertility journey.


CE Information

2.0 Acupuncture Credits
6.0 Regular Credits


Member DCs - $199
Non-Member DCs - $229
Student - $99

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