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CE Line-Up for Spring Convention - Overview

Thursday April 26


Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Infections, Dr. Onnie Thatcher • 6CE
Orthopedic Diplomate Session I, Whiplash Associated Disorders, Dr. James Lehman and Dr. Todd Cielo • 6CE 

Friday April 27

Orthopedic Diplomate
Session I, Whiplash Associated Disorders, Dr. James Lehman and Dr. Todd Cielo • 4CE

Kinesiology Taping for the Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Thomas J Solecki
Audit Yourself Before Someone Else Does, Evan Gwilliam 4 CE DC

Shoulder and Hip Assessment
and CMT, Tim Stark 2 CE DC


Get in the Game! Injury Prevention and Treatment of the Female Athlete. Melissa MacDonald 2 CE DC


Become an Expert Coder and Documenter for Top CPT Codes for Chiropractors, Evan Gwilliam 4 CE DC/CT
Kinesiology Taping for the Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Thomas J Solecki (Repeat of AM session)


What if We’re Wrong About Head Injuries in Sports? Tim Stark 2 CE DC

Sports Chiropractic Education
: How is it Changing? Beth Antoine 2 CE DC

Saturday April 28

Imaging the Athlete from the Ground Up,
Part 1, Terry and Alicia Yochum 4 CE DC

Current Topics in Sports Nutrition
, Kyle Steineman 4 CE DC (4 Nutrition Hours)

Golf Performance through Chiropractic
Care and Fitness, Jeff Poplarski (includes working lunch) 6 CE DC

Imaging the Athlete from the Ground Up
Part 2, Terry and Alicia Yochum 4 CE DC

Sunday April 29

Lower Extremity Rehab:
Bridging the Gap Between Rehab and Performance, Jeffrey Sergent 4 CE DC/CT

Golf Performance through Chiropractic Care and Fitness, Jeff Poplarski 4 CE DC

CT/CRT Seminars

Friday April 27, 8am-5pm / Saturday April 28, 8am-12pm

Advanced CRT, Brenda Holland 12 CE CRT

Friday April 27, 8am-5pm / Saturday April 28, 8am-2:30pm

CT Delegation, Wendy Varish • up to 14.5 CE CT

CE Line-Up for Spring Convention - Descriptions, Bios

Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Infections • 6CE
Dr. Onnie Thatcher
Thursday April 26, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dr. Onnie Thatcher leads us through the history and evolution of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne infections, specifically how these infections have become such a fast-growing health threat in the US and beyond.

Onnie Thatcher, DC is a Chiropractor, Certified Nutritionist and Applied Kinesiologist. Widely considered to be the expert in tick-borne illnesses in our region, she is currently in professional practice in northwestern Wisconsin.


Sponsored by Nutri-Dyn and Metagenics

Orthopedic Diplomate Session I, Part 1: Whiplash Associated Disorders: The Pathway from Acute to Chronic Pain, James J. Lehman, DC, MBA, FACO 6 CE DC
Thursday April 26, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Orthopedic Diplomate Session I, Part 2: Spinal Imaging and Differential Diagnosis of Permanent Spinal Ligament Laxity and its Clinical Correlation, Todd Cielo DC 4 CE DC
& Friday April 27, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association is proud to announce that we are offering the 50 hours of in-person education that is required to obtain the Diplomate, Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DACO) certification status.  We will kick off the series of five 10-hour courses at our 2018 Spring Convention.

Combined these two courses comprise the first of five 10-hour courses of the Orthopedic Diplomate

This 10-hour postgraduate education course employs active learning strategies.  An active learning approach to instruction permits students to engage in advanced clinical training as they study through writing, discussing, listening, and reflecting.  The doctors will receive didactic presentations that complement their active pursuit of knowledge and enhanced competence.

An innovative use of educational technologies provides valuable opportunities for an enhanced, interactive, more inclusive and engaging learning environment. The use of multimedia in teaching this course provides opportunities to present multiple representations of content (text, video, audio, images, interactive elements) to cater more effectively to the different learning styles of the postgraduate students.

Relevant learning opportunities through clinical case presentations and discussions augment evaluation and management skills, documentation, and differential diagnosis.

James J. Lehman is Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport/College of Chiropractic and Director of Health Sciences Postgraduate Education (HSPED). Dr. Lehman completed his MBA at the University of New Mexico and doctorate in chiropractic medicine at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis.

 A board-certified chiropractic orthopedist, he teaches orthopedic and neurological examination and differential diagnosis of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. In addition, Dr. Lehman provides clinical rotations for fourth-year chiropractic students and chiropractic residents in the community health center as well as a sports medicine rotation in the training facility of the local professional baseball team. Dr. Lehman developed the full-time resident training program in chiropractic orthopedics and neuromusculoskeletal medicine.

Dr. Todd Cielo works closely with referring doctors, primary-care physicians and legal counsel, providing current progress reports and documentation to expedite patients’ healing process. Dr. Cielo treats athletes of all ages engaged in a wide variety of sports: professional boxers, wrestlers, football players, gymnasts, cheerleaders, baseball players, soccer players and triathletes. He understands the amount of physical stress derived from athletic demands, having competed in wrestling and boxing for 10 years. He is actively competing in Ironman, ½ Ironman, and Olympic distance triathlons. During his last Ironman in Brazil, Dr. Cielo helped raise money to build a church in Tanzania, Africa.

Sponsored by University of Bridgeport

Kinesiology Taping Redefined for the Sports Medicine Physician Thomas J. Solecki, DC,  Ph.D(c), DACBSP, DACRB, ICSSD, CSCS, CES, PES, FMS, FNS, SFMA 4 CE DC
Friday April 27, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. This 4-hour course is repeated in the afternoon, 1:30 – 5:30 pm.

The Kinesiology Taping Redefined course will be a hybrid 4-hour course that has an anatomy overview for the first hour.  The remainder of the course hours will focus on the concept of movement therapy and enhancement via functional taping methods.  The course will involve a didactic and lab/hands-on component.  The focus will be on improving athletic performance and functional movement taping for the athlete.

Thomas J. Solecki is a DNS certified, Level 2 USAW advanced sports performance coach.  Dr. Solecki earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, before graduating from Logan College of Chiropractic.  He owned a private practice for ten years, was Associate Professor at National University of Health Sciences for seven years, and was Adjunct Professor at Benedictine University for three years.  He was also employed by worked at DePaul University and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Dr. Solecki is board certified in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  He holds over twenty certifications in strength and conditioning, sports performance, and functional and soft tissue rehabilitation.

Currently, Dr. Solecki is the team chiropractic physician for Northwestern University, Benedictine University and Chicago State University.

Sponsored by Rock Tape

Audit Yourself Before Someone Else Does, Evan Gwilliam 4 CE DC/CT
Friday April 27, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Payers hire experts to look at your records and identify deficiencies so that payment can be denied, or refunds demanded.  In this workshop learn what patterns put your practice at risk for audits.  Get inside the heads of the auditors who are looking for weaknesses in your records.  When you leave this training, you will know how to review your own records, find and correct problematic issues, and sleep well at night, knowing you understand the rules and can effectively communicate with third parties.  

Become an Expert Coder and Documenter for Top CPT Codes for Chiropractors Evan Gwilliam 4 CE DC/CT
Friday April 27, 1:30 – 5:30 pm

Chiropractor and certified coder Evan Gwilliam will bring together the procedure code requirements with the documentation standards that are necessary to support the services provided in a typical chiropractic office.  You will learn the key differences between the codes most commonly used in a chiropractic setting and be able to confidently create records that clearly support the care and explain why it is necessary.  Evaluation and Management (E/M), chiropractic manipulative treatment (CMT), modalities and therapeutic procedures will be covered.  

Dr. Evan Gwilliam is Clinical Director for PayDC Chiropractic Software.  He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic as Valedictorian, is a Certified Professional Coding and ICD-10 Instructor, Medical Compliance Specialist, and Certified Professional Medical Auditor.  A clinician with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA, Dr. Gwilliam provides expert witness testimony, medical record audits, consulting, and online courses for health care providers. He has authored and contributed to reference books and articles for multiple publications. 

Sponsored by NCMIC

Friday April 27

Shoulder and Hip Assessment and CMT, Timothy Stark, MPhil, DC, DACBSP, ICCSP, EMT, CSCS, FICC 2 CE DC
8:00 – 10:00 am

After this course, participants will return to practice on Monday with an elevated Chiropractic approach to the shoulder and hip.  We will practice expanding your Motion Palpation assessment to these regions and address CMT in new and innovative ways.

Topics include traditional and advanced motion palpation of the shoulder and hip plus “Thinking Outside of the Books” – sports MoPal for shoulder and hip.

Timothy Stark, originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, completed his DC degree at Northwestern College of Chiropractic. Subsequently he pioneered an American Residency in the specialty of Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation at NWCC.In addition to teaching sports medicine, he has served as a sports chiropractic provider at four Olympics, three World Games and a half dozen other international games worldwide.   Dr, Stark’s publications examine the topics of physical rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. His current research efforts are directed towards Human Performance (injury prevention and recovery) and Rehabilitation.

Get in the Game! Injury Prevention and Treatment of the Female Athlete Melissa E. MacDonald DC CCSP ICCSP EMT 2 CE DC
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course will cover the female athlete, discussing current evidence and informed practice along with the management of care. Topics covered include: “What happened to the Female Athlete Triad”, injury prevalence and mechanisms, relative energy deficiency in sport, and the do’s and don’ts of hormones and training. Participants will understand how to construct a training program for female athletes designed to reduce the number of injuries sustained.

Dr. MacDonald graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2015 and began her sport fellowship in 2016. She has focused her training in protocols to combat the higher injury rates of female athletes and their care in sports. Dr. MacDonald appreciates the opportunity to work with complex caseloads, both in clinic and on the sidelines. She has been the Team Clinician for the MN Vixen, a professional woman’s football team for two seasons.

What If We’re Wrong About Head Injuries In Sport?Timothy Stark, MPhil, DC, DACBSP, ICCSP, EMT, CSCS, FICC 2 CE DC
1:30-3:30 pm

Over the last five years, there has been an incredible growth of emotion in society surrounding the topic of concussion in athletes.  Unfortunately, the emotion has significantly outpaced our research and objective understanding.  Much of this emotion has leaked its way into the clinical environment.  Both the general public and clinical communities have been behind the decline of certain sports, especially football, because of this fear.  We will discuss what we know and how we should approach this topic. Topics include: understanding the current trends in head injuries, appreciating the current SCAT5 and how it can be modified, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and best practices for assessment and management of athletes.

In 2017, Dr. Tim Stark was awarded Academician of the Year from the American Chiropractic Association and was also honored with the ACA Chiropractic Sports Council  Sports Chiropractor of the Year Award.

Sports Chiropractic Education: How is it Changing? Beth Antoine, DC, MS, ICCSP, CCSP, ATC 2 CE DC
3:30-5:30 pm

This seminar covers the ways in which sports chiropractic education is changing and investigates the driving forces behind those changes. Discussion will include updates to requirements for DCs hoping to obtain the ICCSP and CCSP certifications. Dr. Antoine will provide an outline of the changes along with a timeline for implementation.

Dr. Beth Antoine brings 12 years of athletic training experience to her current fellowship position at Northwestern Health Sciences University. She received her MS in Sports Psychology (Minnesota State University) and Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University. In her current position as the FICS Education Commission Fellow, Dr. Antoine’s primary focus is the development of new educational material for both the CCSP and the ICCSP in combination with FICS. Her research centers on the relationship between concussion and psychiatric disorders and the long term impact on the individual.

Sponsored by Northwestern Health Human Performance Center

Current Topics in Sports Nutrition Kyle Steineman DC, ATC, CCSP, ICCSP 4 CE DC, 4 Nutrition Hours

Saturday April 28, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sponsored by Northwestern Health Human Performance Center

This course is designed to teach the provider the fundamental concepts of sports nutrition with special emphasis on trending topics such as acute injury management and a ketogenic diet's implications on athletic performance.  Practitioners attending the course will take home practical nutritional information to support their patients throughout athletic seasons and careers.

Dr. Steineman began his journey into healthcare by gaining his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Manchester College in North Manchester, IN in 2007.  He subsequently moved on to chiropractic school to gain a deeper understanding of musculoskeletal conditions and the pathophysiology behind them.  He has a particular interested in pain and inflammation biochemistry and nutritional intervention strategies for the conservative care provider.  Dr. Steineman currently serves as the Sports Nutrition Fellow at Northwestern Health Sciences University’s Human Performance Center in Bloomington, MN.

Sponsored by Northwestern Health Human Performance Center

Imaging the Athlete from the Ground Up Dr. Terry Yochum and Dr. Alicia Yochum 8 CE DC/CRT
Saturday April 28

Part 1 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Part 2 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Join Dr. Terry Yochum and his daughter, Dr. Alicia Yochum, for an engaging review of normal anatomy and advanced imaging with selected case studies. They will present in tandem for this daylong presentation, sharing current research, clinical results and imaging findings covering multiple topics. Doctors may take the full 8-hour course or choose to attend just the morning or afternoon.
Part 1 topics include:
Altered biomechanics, neurological and orthopedic findings of Spondylolysis/Spondylolisthesis, management of the active/athletic patient, imaging findings, plain films, computed tomography, planar bone scan, SPECT bone scan , MRI scan, treatment and prognosis.
Part 2
topics include: Stress and sports related injuries, stress fractures, athletic hernia, Femoral Acetabular Hip Impingement Syndrome, ligamentous injury, Achilles tendinopathy and full thickness tearing, plantar fasciitis, disc lesions , disc herniations, disc bulge, protrusion , extrusion, free fragment and rotator cuff sports injury.

Terry R. Yochum, DC, DACBR, Fellow, ACCR, is a second-generation chiropractor and a cum laude graduate of the National College of Chiropractic, where he subsequently completed his radiology specialty. He is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACCR) and served as its Vice-President and President for seven years (1983-1990).

Dr. Yochum is currently Director of the Rocky Mountain Chiropractic Radiological Center in Denver, and an Adjunct Professor of Radiology at the Southern California University of Health Sciences (formerly LACC).

In 1996 Dr. Yochum was made an ACCR Fellow for his distinguished service, an award that has only been given to eight DACBR’s since the inception of the ACCR in 1958. 

Dr. Yochum has presented over 1,400 lectures worldwide and has published over 250 scientific articles in both chiropractic and medical literature. His Essentials of Skeletal Radiology is required at all 40 chiropractic colleges and used in over 100 medical schools.

Alicia M. Yochum, RN, DC, DACBR, RMSK received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked in the ICU for one year before matriculating at Logan College of Chiropractic where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2011. She completed her diagnostic imaging residency at Logan in 2015 and received her DACBR in October of 2015, becoming the first second generation DACBR in the history of chiropractic. She has performed editorial review for the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedics (JACO). She completed her fellowship in musculoskeletal advanced imaging at Logan University, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound. Dr. Yochum is now practicing with her father in Denver.

Sponsored by Foot Levelers

Golf Performance through Chiropractic Care and Fitness, Jeffrey E. Poplarski, DC, CCSP 6 CE DC
Saturday April 28  8:00 am – 2:00 pm (Includes working lunch)

Please join Amityville, NY Sports Chiropractor Dr. Jeffrey Poplarski for this intensive, interactive seminar. Dr. Jeff will bring his expertise as U.S. Open Golf Championship Wellness Director, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical Professional, Golf Coach, Junior Coach and Golf Fitness Instructor to fellow Doctors of Chiropractic.

Attendees will receive the tools to communicate effectively with golf professionals in their communities with regard to the most common characteristics of the gold swing and how these characteristics relate to the Chiropractic office. Golf injury rates and injury prevention will be discussed in full detail. The modern hexagon of player development will be explored, along with different philosophies of the “swing.” Golf swing fundamentals will be dissected with kinematic sequencing, stability and mobility. Finally, Dr. Poplarski will cover generating power in the golf swing and physical strength for a player.
Each Doctor of Chiropractic will be able to perform a physical evaluation and will come away with the ability to prescribe a fitness program for golfers.

Golf Performance Workshop Jeffrey E. Poplarski, DC, CCSP 2 CE DC   
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm                    

For WCA Member DCs only. Join Dr. Jeff for extended small group, hands-on instruction. Space is limited.

Jeffrey E. Poplarski, DC, holds the position as Adjunct Associate Professor at SUNY Farmingdale State University in the Sports Management and Biology Departments, and LIU Post in the Departments of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science. Since 2002, Dr. Poplarski has been Chairman of the U.S. Open Golf Championship Wellness Team, giving him over 15 years with the USGA. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Jeff is a Board Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), a Certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical Professional, Fitness Instructor, Golf Coach and Junior Coach. 

Dr. Poplarski was appointed as the Chairman of the Practice Rounds and Caddy Committee for numerous U.S. Open Championships. He is Graston Technique Certified, on the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP) Concussion Registry, and the Sports Performance and Sports Medicine Director for the Farmingdale State College Hockey Team. Dr. Jeff was a speaker at the New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA) Convention on Golf Performance through Chiropractic Care and Fitness and gives several lectures on various health and sports medicine topics throughout the year in service to his community. He is currently an instructor for the first swing golf clinic for handicapped individuals, sponsored by the Eastern Amputee Golf Association. Dr. Jeff’s office is located in Amityville, New York. 

Lower Extremity Rehab: A Modern Approach to Bridging the Gap between Rehab and Performance, Jeffrey Sergent, DC 4 CE DC/CT

Sunday April 29, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Implement active rehabilitation into your busy practice and take home simple and effective exercises including algorithms for developing rehab protocols that will meet your patients’ needs. Dr. Jeff Sergent will provide a modern, evidence-based approach to lower kinetic chain issues using a proximal to distal approach, a combination of movement therapies, manual therapies and research.

Participants will understand how to effectively and efficiently diagnose and prescribe rehab exercises; learn functional tests for the lower extremity and prognostic factors for spine, hip and knee pain; and understand the differentiation of spine vs. hip complaint and common ‘red flags’ for LE complaints.

Jeffrey Sergent, DC is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences. He is a certified Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Exercise Trainer (DNS-EXT) and Certified Kinesiology Tape Practitioner (CKTP). He treats a variety of athletes from weekday warriors to professional sports. His practice in Cedarburg, WI integrates manual therapy, Chiropractic and rehab, and attracts CrossFit athletes from all over the world. As a speaker for Midwest Rehabilitation institute, Dr. Sergent lectures for doctors, CrossFit gyms, personal trainers and massage therapists on rehab and performance.

Golf Performance through Chiropractic Care and Fitness, Jeffrey E. Poplarski, DC, CCSP 4 CE DC

Sunday April 29, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm                    
If you are unable to attend Dr. Poplarski’ s Saturday Seminar and Workshop, here’s an opportunity for an accelerated overview of Saturday’s concepts, with more opportunities for hands-on practice. See description from Dr. Poplarski’ s Saturday session.

CT/CRT Seminars

Advanced CRT Brenda Holland 12 CE CRT
Friday April 27, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm & Saturday April 28, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course will be a review of common patient positioning as well as the important anatomy contained in the view. Please bring your CRT manual and various size empty cassettes. Dress in active wear.

Brenda Holland, DC, DICCP is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. Since graduation, she has served on chiropractic and community boards and committees. Dr. Holland has been actively teaching courses including anatomy, x-ray positioning, nutrition and therapy modalities. She has an advanced degree in pediatrics and pregnancy and is currently in active practice in Germantown, WI.



CT Delegation, Wendy Varish • up to 24 CE CT

Friday April 27, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm & Saturday April 28, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday April 27 8.5 hours

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Physiotherapeutics Overview 4 CE12:00 – 2:00 pm Therapeutic Ultrasound 2 CE
2:00 – 4:00 pm Thermotherapy and Cryotherapy 2 CE

4:00 – 5:30 pm Mechanical Therapy 1.5 CE

Saturday April 27 5 Hours

9:00 – 11:00 am Electrotherapy 2 CE
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Cold Laser & Light Therapy 3 CE

Saturday May 5, Location TBD 8 Hours

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Patient History 4 CE
12:00 – 4:00 pm Preliminary Physical Exams 4 CE

Dr. Wendy Varish, DC, CCSP, CCOHC, is a graduate of National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL. She has served on numerous committees for chiropractic- related issues and has created and presented a variety of educational courses and training workshops for DCs and their staff. Dr. Varish is currently in professional practice in Howards Grove, WI.




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