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Thursday, March 15

Day at the Capitol


Meet at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge


Individual meetings with legislators


Conclude sessions and return to conference hotel

MODULE 1: (6 CEs)

Track 1


Teachable Safety Skills for Medical Professionals (Professional Boundaries)
Alison Feigh

Lecture, discussion by participants, and real life scenarios will be used to further the education of participants around the topics of child abuse prevention. Our agency is committed to using what we learn in our 25+ years of case management of missing and exploited children to empower our audiences to walk around smart and not scared. The workshop uses current research to help the audiences move past many of the myths that are repeated in this sound bite topic and into actual facts.

Key Points

  • Stranger Danger DOES NOT work.
  • Children and teens are most often lured by attention and affection.
  • Caring and connected adults do make a difference in crime prevention.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, every attendee will know how to do the following:

  1. Dismantle the myths that commonly surround personal safety for children including the Stranger Danger Myth.
  2. Identify reasons that personal safety education should INCREASE at puberty instead of decrease.
  3. Provide examples of warning signs of child maltreatment that medical professionals can watch for in their interactions with families.




Clinical Significance (or not) of Common Congenital Anomalies and Other Case Studies
Dr. Chris Major

This radiology review will present x-ray cases of congenital anomalies of the spine and extremities, which are commonly seen in the chiropractic practice. Additional cases will be presented to represent trauma, arthritis, tumors, and other disorders. Short case studies will be used in order to cover a wide variety of cases and engage the audience.


  1. Refine or reinforce your search pattern for evaluating x-rays of the spine and extremities.
  2. Confidently identify congenital anomalies and other abnormalities on x-ray.
  3. Understand follow up procedures and management options based on x-ray findings and clinical presentation.


Break with Appetizers

Track 1

Track 2


Create Better Documentation with Speech Recognition
Judy Barnes

Creating top notch patient documentation that will please any insurance company or attorney can be challenging. “Telling the story” of a patient encounter can be difficult and awkward with a software system that only allows clicking boxes. Speech recognition is the gold standard for chiropractic documentation. There are different types of speech recognition available, but it can be used in any EHR. This presentation will cover how to use Dragon speech recognition software, as well as alternatives like Siri, Google speech and Microsoft Speech. HIPAA considerations will be addressed.

Benefits to the doctor:

  • Better documentation FASTER
  • Eliminates transcription fees
  • Eliminates "generic" looking canned notes
  • Documentation that proves medical necessity
  • Great documentation can lead to more referrals

This session includes tips and tricks for creating bulletproof documentation. You will learn how to create dictation shortcuts, custom forms and exams. Step-by-step instructions will be included in handouts. With a little practice, you can create the highest quality, detailed, encounter-specific SOAP notes in 30 seconds. Think outside the checkbox.

Dr. Michele Renee

We have strategies for treating pain with acupuncture, but what about the many conditions that accompany pain? In our time together, we will explore how we can use acupuncture to calm the spirit, or the shen, to help balance the body and related conditions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and describe Shen and its role in health and the five element system
  2. Identify common conditions in which Shen plays an important role
  3. Explore acupuncture treatment protocols for addressing common Shen-related presentations in the chiropractic clinic

Friday, March 16

5:00–7:00am Exhibitor Setup
6:45–7:00am Registration
7:00–7:30am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

MODULE 2: (5 CEs)

Track 1


Scoliosis – The Chiropractic Alternative to Bracing and Surgery
Dr. Josh Woggon

Scoliosis is the most common spinal deformity in children, and its prevalence increases with age. It is inevitable that every chiropractor will encounter cases of scoliosis in their clinic. Attending this presentation will empower you with the important facts that every DC needs to know about scoliosis, and introduce you to the latest research & treatment techniques that chiropractors around the world are using to reduce & stabilize scoliosis, without bracing or surgery.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, every attendee will know how to do the following:

  1. Proper scoliosis case management: diagnosis, evaluation, and indications for outside referral.
  2. Scoliosis research & technique overview: the latest research on bracing, chiropractic, and scoliosis
  3. Basics of scoliosis treatment: effective exercises & adjustments for scoliosis rehab



Track 1

Track 2


Kids (0-5) Neurology & Nutrition
Dr. Angie Graper

You may notice that more and more kids in your practice are getting diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia and autism. As doctors of chiropractic, our main focus is in the nervous system. By digging deeper through a comprehensive neurological exam, we can make treatment for these kids more specific to help balance out the brain and improve connectivity. Nutrient dense food options are also an important puzzle piece for optimal brain performance.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, every attendee will:

  1. Understand primitive reflexes and how they may play into a child's behavior.
  2. Consider specific nutrients for brain development.
  3. Understand the midbrain and its role in a child's ability to learn.
  4. Know about nutrient-dense food ideas from a mom's perspective.

The Functional Pathophysiology and Structural Similarities between Concussion/mTBI and Post-Auto Whiplash
Dr. Erik Reis

This lecture is intended to bring up-to-date literature and research into the clinical setting to provide practitioners the ability to understand the similarities and differences between these two conditions, along with provide education and clinical skillset to diagnose, assess, and treat these complex conditions.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, every attendee will know how to:

  1. Discuss the prevalence of concussion/mTBI and Post-Auto Whiplash in our current patient population.
  2. List etiology and describe what happens in the coup-counter-coup action during a traumatic event involving high-velocity shearing forces to the head/neck/body.
  3. Define brain anatomy, neuronal connections, and structural/ligamentous regions most susceptible during these events.
  4. Discuss the neuro-metabolic cascade of both a peripheral and central neuro-orthopedic injury.
  5. Identify the importance of an in-depth neuro-orthopedic examination and suggested diagnostic testing.
  6. Discuss the potential interventions and rehabilitation models for treatment.
10:10–10:40am Break & Exhibits


Returning the Injured Worker to the Workplace
Dr. Joe Sweere

Following care for workplace injuries, the decision as to when it is safe and appropriate for the worker to return to his or her original duties can be challenging. Dr. Sweere will discuss and demonstrate a series of simple but effective orthopedic and neurological tests that have shown to be helpful in arriving at this decision. The same evaluation procedures can also be utilized in determining when an athlete may return to active practice or competitive play.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, every attendee will know:

  1. Safe return-to-work or athletic participation protocols.
  2. Factors to determine day-by-day clinical improvement and prognosis.
  3. Importance of corporate return-to-work policies.
  4. Clinical pearls to assist in restoring normal function following injury.

Strapping Options for the Acute Low Back Patient (Hands-on Session)
Dr. Tim Stark

Looking for another intervention, to compliment your chiropractic adjustment, for that acute low back patient? This seminar will cover three common means of strapping the low back. We will discuss and apply kinesiology tape, Dynamic Tape, and rigid taping methods. Additionally this opportunity will allow you to practice and feel the differences of the three techniques.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, every attendee will:

  1. Know how to differentiate the physical characteristics of the three different strapping materials.
  2. Be able to apply basic principles of various strapping techniques, to the low back.
  3. Appreciate, personally, the sensation of various strapping techniques to the low back.
12:20-1:30pm Lunch and Annual Meeting

MODULE 3 (4 CEs)

Track 1


No-Fault/Croft Guidelines
Dr. Doug Broman

A review of the current community standard in Outcome Based and Evidence Based Guidelines for the treatment of Whiplash Associated Disorders.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, every attendee will:

  1. Be familiar with the accepted grading systems in categorizing severity of injury in whiplash associated disorders and become familiar with comorbidities which complicate recovery.
  2. Be familiar with an evidence-based, outcomes assessment algorithm developed for the management of whiplash associated disorders.
  3. Know how to communicate effectively with insurance companies regarding documentation to support reasonable and necessary care.




Underlying Causes of Inflammation
Featured Speaker
Sponsored by Nutri-Dyn
Dr. Scott Bergman

While acute inflammation is our body’s natural response to protect and repair, chronic inflammation has no therapeutic benefit and creates a cascade of metabolic dysfunctions and disease. It is an epidemic, causing millions to suffer and costing our society billions of dollars. Explore the diagnostics, strategies and protocols with Dr. Bergman for next day implementation to help your patients achieve their health goals.

Learning Objectives
This seminar will provide the clinician methods to determine and address the underlying causes of inflammation. At the end of this presentation, every attendee will:

  1. Understand how nutrient reserve depletion can cause inflammation
  2. Be able to identify “sub-clinical infections” causing inflammation
  3. Know how to use dietary and nutritional strategies to reduce inflammation


5:00–6:30am Vendor Reception


Banquet (Irish Dancing)

Saturday, March 17

6:45–7:30am Registration
7:00–8:00am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

MODULE 4 (5 CEs)

Track 1

Track 2


Movement, Methylation and the Mind!
Dr. Monika Buerger

In this captivating and inspiring lecture, Dr. Buerger will discuss the importance that movement and milestones early in life have on both physical and psychological development. She will also incorporate key neuronutritional aspects affecting methylation biochemistry and how they relate to neurodevelopment and mental health. Through current science and the understanding of neurobiology and neurophysiology, she will help connect the dots as to how chiropractic care has such a profound effect on the brain. Walk away with key pearls to take back to your practice on Monday morning!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the role of primitive reflexes and why integration of reflexes is so important
  2. Understanding how movement and milestones are necessary for primitive reflex integration
  3. Understanding important neuronutritional aspects necessary for proper neurodevelopment and brain health


CPR Certification
Jim Cooper

Health Care Provider CPR

If you need certification for Health Care Provider stay for the second session where we will cover 2 person CPR, Infant CPR, BVM, and other skills needed to fulfill your requirement for Health Care Providers and those with a licensed Duty to Care. (Must have attended the earlier "Basic" session)


Break & Exhibits


Hormone Balance in Cardiovascular, Diabetes, & Chronic Disease Support
Carol Brinkman

Join Carol in learning the ins and outs of our endocrine system and how we can help our patients achieve maximum health through diet, lifestyle and nutritional supplementation as well as bioidentical hormones.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, every attendee will:

  1. Thoroughly understand hormonal health for both men and women and how life choices impact the balance and imbalance of these hormones throughout the lifespan.
  2. Understand the importance of selfcare in the optimization of sex hormones, adrenal and thyroid system.
  3. Know how these systems work together and what can be done to optimize each system through diet, lifestyle and supplementation.

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