Course Information

THURSDAY

TCA Board of Directors Meeting

(by invitation)


 

FRIDAY

Advanced Treatment Methods of Frequent Lumbar Spine and Shoulder Injuries

This 4-hour class will dive into the evaluation and treatment of frequently encountered lumbar spine and shoulder injuries. Then, based upon the findings, we will explore the detailed reasons for using, as well as demonstrate techniques to ensure a successful outcome as well as an accurate diagnosis of the patient’s condition.

Demonstrations will include examinations, manipulation/mobilization techniques, soft tissue therapies, rehab and taping procedures.

Instructor:  Dr. Gregory Doerr
Mirabella F


 

CORE Myofascial Therapy 1 - Pelvis & Legs

This course is open to CTA licensed 3 years or more, LMTs and DCs.  Class size for this course is limited.  
Myofascial Therapy for the Pelvis & Legs focuses on treatment for the pelvis and lower appendicular region, including technique protocols for the four sides of the leg. Outcomes include improved structural alignment, increased joint mobility, better stride-length and balance, and decrease of chronic pain. Improvement in neurosomatic awareness is supported by additional client-education strategies and exercises.

The first 3 hours of the program will focus on the anatomy of the pelvic and leg fascia, with demonstrations on how to treat both fascial membranes and functional muscle groups that provide locomotion, stability, balance and strength.  Emphasis will be on how this pelvis and leg work can increase stride length and frequency and improve leg and foot power; the Olympic formula for increasing speed.  Additional discussion will review common athletic injuries that these protocols can assist in rehabilitating.

The second 3 hours will include treatment exchange by attending practitioners and a question and answer period that will focus on integrating myofascial strategies and protocols into clinical practice.
Attending practitioners should bring loose athletic shorts, bathing suit tops, or sports bras for student exchange. Massage tables, linens, and side-lying bolsters should also be brought to class. All practitioners will be given an all-natural cocoa butter lubricant (CORE Butter) for the student exchange.

Instructor:  George Kousaleos, LMT
Mirabella IJ


 

DC Boundaries, Ethics & Jurisprudence

*The Tennessee Board of Chiropractic Examiners requires all newly-licensed Tennessee chiropractors to complete a one-time 6 hour board-approved course in risk management, sexual/professional boundaries, and Tennessee statutory and regulatory chiropractic jurisprudence. This course is designed to help the newly-licensed chiropractor more clearly understand all issues surrounding the profession of chiropractic in Tennessee.

Instructors:  Tiffany Stevens, ED & Dr. Don Cole
Cambridge


 

Low-Tech Functional Tests that Establish Medical Necessity

Proving medical necessity in today’s marketplace requires doctors to document objective functional improvement in order to get patient visits approved.  In many chiropractic practices case management is pain management and when the pain goes away, so does the patient.  One way to overcome this obstacle is to perform a small battery of quantifiable functional capacity tests to identify the patient’s limitations beyond pain.  These includes measures of strength, endurance, balance and proprioception.  In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to measure function, set goals for care and communicate them to your patients and third-party payers.

Instructor:  Dr. Mark Sanna
Speaker sponsored by:  Breakthrough Coaching
Mirabella F


 

Lifetime Wellness Care from Hello

This 2-hour course will equip doctors and chiropractic students with the tools to develop care plans based upon patient needs, technique objectives and to determine criteria for transitioning patients from initial intensive care to next phase of care.  You will learn how to educate patients and assess their expectations of wellness care based upon their body’s potential vs. their limitations.  Dr. DePice will also discuss how effective care plans should serve as your blueprint for the patient’s care and determine your territories of initial intensive, continued corrective, and wellness, maintenance and supportive care.

Instructor:  Dr. Dean DePice
Speaker sponsored by:  TLC 4 Superteams
Mirabella F


 

CTA/CXT Boundaries, Ethics & Jurisprudence

*The Tennessee Board of Chiropractic Examiners requires all newly-licensed Tennessee CTAs/CXTs to complete a one-time 2-hour board-approved course in risk management, sexual/professional boundaries, and Tennessee statutory and regulatory chiropractic jurisprudence. This course is designed to help the newly-licensed CTA/CXT more clearly understand all issues surrounding the profession of chiropractic in Tennessee.

Instructor:  Tiffany Stevens, ED, CTA, CXT
Broadlands


 

SATURDAY

Evidence-based Use of Rehab for the Busy Practice

The entirety of this course will be 6 hours (8am-3:30pm) and will serve as the CTA session, but is open to DCs, as well.  The first 2 hours will begin in the general session classroom and will then move to a separate classroom for the final 4 hours.
This course will offer the participant hands-on techniques and efficient Rehab Protocols that can easily be adopted into a busy practice.  The concept of the “influencing muscles” of core stabilizers and their important role in prevention of lower back pain beyond simply working the “core” will be addressed.

Literature supporting the role of core stabilization and rehab in the treatment and prevention of chronic low back pain and disability will be presented, along with links so that the provider can forward to other health care providers, insurance companies, and/or patients for educational purposes.   Additionally, the role of incorporation of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques as in-office therapeutic exercises for core musculature and influencing core musculature will be addressed, and time-efficient and proven Rehab Protocols that can be adopted with consistency into a busy practice will be taught.

Provider safety and time management while performing these techniques will also be highlighted.

Instructor:  Dr. Wendy Varish
Speaker Sponsored by Protec Spine North America
Mirabella F


 

CORE Myofascial Therapy 1 - Chest, Shoulders, Neck & Head

This course is open to CTA licensed 3 years or more, LMTs and DCs.  Class size for this course is limited.  
The focus of this course is a detailed protocol for treatment of the thoracic and lumbar regions, including techniques for the shoulders, neck and head. The goal is to improve structural alignment, flexibility, movement capabilities, and to reduce chronic pain patterns.

The first 3 hours will teach the anatomy of the thoracolumbar fascia and functional muscle groups of the chest, lower back, shoulders, neck and head. This will include a full demonstration of the techniques and treatment protocols for the axial regions of the human body.

The second 3 hours will include full practitioner exchange of the treatment protocols that will increase respiratory function, joint range-of-motion, balance, and a decrease of chronic pain conditions. Improvement in hyper-lordosis and forward head position should be noticeable. A question and answer period will focus on integrating the treatment protocols this program with the earlier education on the pelvis and legs.
Attending practitioners should bring loose athletic shorts, bathing suit tops, or sports bras for student exchange. Massage tables, linens, and side-lying bolsters should also be brought to class. All practitioners will be given an all-natural cocoa butter lubricant (CORE Butter) for the student exchange.

Instructor:  George Kousaleos, LMT
Mirabella IJ


 

Optimal Health & Immunity: A Natural Perspective for a Novel Time

With the advent of new research and management options surrounding the viral pandemic, many practitioners are deciding how to navigate the best direction to take with their patients.

Patients need additional help from clinicians to modify their lifestyle and dietary risk factors and improve their immune defenses. They need support in getting chronic inflammation and autoimmune conditions under control, moving toward a healthier weight (or avoiding additional weight gain), improving their diet, and improving their fitness through increased physical activity. These long-term goals are too late for the current pandemic’s first wave, but later waves and new pandemics threaten. Patients who have experienced infection with a novel virus can develop long-lasting inflammation, leading to autoimmune disease and long-hauler syndrome. By helping your patients understand how to improve their immunity and reduce their risk, you give them the tools to enhance their ongoing health.

Instructor:  Dr. Robert Silverman
Speaker sponsored by:  NutriDyn
Mirabella F


 

The Brain Lab for the Modern Chiropractor - Moving Toward a Brain-Based Model

Is neuroplasticity in the central nervous system the missing link to our understanding of chronic musculoskeletal disorders? BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2015,  “We consider that a change in paradigm may be necessary that integrates CNS changes associated with chronic MSD and that these findings are highly relevant for the design and implementation of rehabilitative interventions for this population.”

As innovative physicians, Chiropractors continue to integrate approaches into their delivery which allow and enhance the body and brain’s ability to heal, recover, and perform. As we consider the brain based view of our chiropractic healthcare model, we look at low-tech and high-tech applications that can upgrade a physician’s outcomes
and quantify the biometrics pre/post treatments.

Instructor:  Dr. Michael Bagnell
Speaker sponsored by:  BrainTap
Mirabella F


 

The CA Masterclass: The Art of Communication

Chiropractic Assistants play various roles in today’s modern practice. No matter what role you play in the practice, your position is vital and worthy of doing with a sense of mastery. The level at which you play influences your teammates and the patients you serve. Success Coach and Personal Branding leader, May Bagnell, has served as a CA and now Center Director for Bagnell Brain & Chiropractic with over 28 years of leadership. Learn how to adopt a concierge mindset and develop your interpersonal skills by learning the importance of the 6 human needs of your patients (and your teammates).  You will also take away strategies for creating an emotional and physical wellness space that drives patients to your practice and creates ideal patient referrals.

Instructor:  May Bagnell
Speaker sponsored by:  BrainTap
Broadlands


 

Rapid-Fire Hot Topics Panel

Healthcare is every-changing and providers are regularly impacted in significant ways by updated research, technology and policy changes. End the day with this discussion featuring our expert panelists sharing their knowledge covering a broad array of topics in a powerful fast-paced format. Panelists will share quick tidbits, best practices and more, including audience Q&A.

Mirabella F


 

SUNDAY

The Role of the Healthcare Provider: Human Trafficking and 2021 Policy Updates

This hour will be packed with need-to-know information for today’s healthcare providers.

Human trafficking can happen in any industry, and to persons of any gender, age, and nationality.  We will define human trafficking, as well as explore the scope of and deconstruct myths of this emerging threat to society.  You will learn how to identify potential signs of human trafficking and how healthcare providers can play an important role in providing resources to victims.

An update on changes to federal laws and policy, as they impact healthcare providers will also be provided.

Instructor:  Tiffany Stevens, ED
Mirabella F


 

Women's Health & Fertility Support (acupuncture session)

This course will review basic principles of qi, essence, fluids, organs and extraordinary organs as they support women’s health and well-being.  Dr. D’Amato will discuss areas of female health ranging from menstrual cycles to post-menopausal, with a strong focus on the treatment of (in).  A brief review of western medicine, laboratory and diagnostic testing, IVF treatment support, acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine, as well as pregnancy support will also be explored.  This course will introduce the treatment of women’s health and fertility support at a broad level, while also providing information and resources clinicians can immediately put to use with patients on Monday morning.

Instructor:  Dr. Andria D’Amato
Broadlands


 

Red Flags in Radiology

This 6-hour course will offer the participant an “inside” view of challenges and anomalies that are often discovered during radiographic evaluation.  Discussion of patient presentation associated with the various abnormalities will assist the participant in recognizing the importance of high-quality radiographic studies as part of the complete patient evaluation.  The techniques and positioning of the various regions presented will be reviewed along with options for troubleshooting difficult views.

Instructor:  Dr. Wendy Varish
Cambridge


 

The DC in Multi-Disciplinary Practice and Inter-professional Collaboration

This course covers an overview of multi-disciplinary compliance issues in various types of multi-discipline practices, the common reasons why various providers may choose to work together and basic regulations to consider. Dr. Carberry will also discuss common services available in such a practice as well as the chiropractor’s role in the clinic.

Instructor:  Dr. Michael Carberry
Speaker sponsored by:  Advanced Medical Integration
Mirabella F


 

Cervical Manipulation and Strokes: An Update

This presentation will focus on defense strategies for the chiropractic physician facing a scenario where a patient has undergone a stroke and is claiming that the chiropractor’s treatment caused the stroke. The presentation will include an update on the most recent peer-reviewed medical literature as well as examples from actual lawsuits. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the course of the presentation.

Instructor:  John Floyd, Jr., JD
Mirabella F


 

Mastering the Drop Table

We will review the five primary fascial kinetic chains. We will learn how to evaluate dysfunction in the kinetic chains with interactive assessments.  Understanding active and passive chain dysfunction will be taught and how to incorporate that in a Chiropractic Adjusting Model.  Also, a deeper understanding, integration and implementation of foot arch imbalance and dysfunction will be addressed. Gait analysis, visual inspections and digital foot scan interpretations will be discussed as well.

Head, shoulders knees and toes … remember that song … well this is what is going to be gone over … EVERYTHING.  From foot, knee, hip, pubis, sacrotuberous ligament, ribs – anterior and posterior, tilted rib cage, clavicle, AC joint, humerus, wrist, TMJ, occiput and atlas.

Instructor:  Dr. Alan Smith
Speaker sponsored by:  Foot Levelers
Mirabella F